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EAST CHICAGO — A security guard shot and wounded a man Thursday as the man robbed a cellphone store, police said.

Employees told East Chicago police the man entered Metro PCS, 3723 Main St., just before 6:25 p.m., pulled out a gun and ordered them to open the register and give him "all the money," Detective Sgt. Terence Fife said.

The man — whose face was covered with a scarf — waved a handgun randomly at two store employees, police said. The employees told police they opened the register drawer, and the man began to take money from the drawer.

During the robbery, a security guard shot the man in the head, police said.

East Chicago police arrived and found the man lying on the floor inside the building, Fife said. Money and a black and silver handgun were lying near him.

The man was taken by ambulance to St. Catherine Hospital and later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said.

Statements regarding the case were still being taken and the investigation was ongoing, Fife said. The wounded man had not yet been identified, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Angelo Machuca at 219-391-8523. To remain anonymous, call 219-391-8500.

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Public safety reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.