Surveillance photo of the suspected robber in the fatal am/pm robbery shooting. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Police Department

A suspected murderous robber exchanged gunfire with police in the midnight hour at an apartment complex in City Heights on Saturday, and the suspect was wounded and then jailed.

Police believe the suspect had shot and killed a customer in the robbery of a gas station on Clairemont Mesa in the predawn hours Thursday morning.

Ahmed Hassan Mumin, a 30 year-old Somalian man, was struck in the torso by a police bullet. He was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, San Diego Police Department homicide Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

Police received a tip that a “prowler with a handgun attempting to break into several apartments” was sighted just before 1 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex on the 3800 block of Winona Ave. in the City Heights area.

Detectives identified a potential suspect within the last 24 hours and numerous uniformed officers and undercover detectives began a surveillance operation in the area on Friday night. Two officers moved into the complex to locate the suspect just before 3 a.m. They were met with gunfire at the complex’s community room, where Mumin was held up.

Officers returned fire and shot Mumin in the torso, Rorrison said.

Mumin is believed to be the triggerman in the fatal shooting of Eric Schade at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

Schade, 48, was a regular customer at the business, and was chatting with a clerk at the Arco am/pm on Balboa Avenue near Mt. Alifan Drive when the bandit entered.

The gunman and ordered them both to get down onto the floor. The victims did not immediately comply, but eventually got down.

The employee then put cash onto the sales counter and ducked down behind it, but the clerk heard the gunman say, “I told you to get down,” followed by a gunshot, Rorrison said.

Schade was shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Money and the shooter’s clothing was found nearby.

Once released from Mercy Hospital, Mumin will be booked into county jail and charged with murder, armed robbery and attempted murder of two police officers.

— City News Service

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