Police: Gunfire at popular Midtown shopping center

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Police said an off-duty Morehouse School of Medicine police officer working security at the Midtown Promenade shopping plaza off Monroe Avenue fired a weapon at a burglary suspect Thursday evening.

Investigators tell FOX 5 News the officer observed what he believed to be a suspect attempting to burglarize vehicles in the parking lot.

When the officer approached the suspect he was shot at from a light purple Dodge Charger in the parking lot. The officer sought cover and returned fire. The suspect then jumped into the Charger and fled the scene.

The incident happened just after 10 p.m. as patrons were inside the movie theater and several nearby businesses. Witnesses said they did hear the gunshots.

A large portion of the parking lot was sealed by police tape as investigators processed the crime scene. No one was injured.