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Suspect wounded when officer fires gun in carjacking possibly linked to Flower Hill robbery, police say

Nassau County police investigate the robbery at about

Nassau County police investigate the robbery at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, of a T-Mobile store at 1073 Northern Blvd. in Flower Hill. Police said they are investigating whether the robbery is related to a later attempted carjacking on Lakeville Road in Lake Success during which a Lake Success police officer fired his weapon, wounding the suspect, who was then arrested. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A suspect in a T-Mobile store robbery Wednesday in Flower Hill was shot and wounded after a carjacking on Lakeville Road in Lake Success, Nassau County police said.

Police did not identify the suspect or say what charges were filed against him. He was arrested at the scene and remained hospitalized yesterday with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The Lake Success police officer who discharged his weapon and the carjacking victim were not injured, Nassau police said.

Investigators believe the robbery and the carjacking are tied, based on the suspect's description, police said. The robbery occurred about 6:20 p.m. at the T-Mobile store on Northern Boulevard in Flower Hill, Nassau police said.

Police would not confirm the time of the carjacking but said the Lake Success officer was trying "to disrupt the carjacking and apprehend the subject" when he fired at him.

Details were not released about the shots fired, the shooting location or if the suspect had a weapon. Nassau police, citing the probe, declined to give details. Their detectives are investigating along with Lake Success police, police said.

The Nassau County district attorney's office is reviewing the shooting, as it does all police shootings in the county, a spokesman said.

Employees who locked up the store after investigators finished late Wednesday declined to speak, as did a robbery detective sergeant there.

Lake Success police declined to comment, referring questions to Nassau police. Calls to Lake Success Police Chief Joseph Gardella and his deputy were unsuccessful Thursday night.

With Gary Dymski

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