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Gary Bracken

A Baton Rouge man who fired shots inside a food mart he was trying to rob and ended up getting shot himself by a store employee was booked into jail Friday following a stay in the hospital.

The incident happened around 9:20 p.m. on June 25 at NaNa’s Food Mart in the 4600 block of Prescott Road, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department report.

Gary Bracken, 22, is accused of firing a semi-automatic handgun at least twice at a store employee, who then pulled a gun and shot at Bracken as he ran away, the report says.

Bracken, who was struck in the leg and groin, ran to the 4300 block of East Dayton Court, where he fell in a yard and was later found by officers patrolling the area, the report says.

Bracken was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where a detective interviewed and ultimately arrested him.

“Bracken admitted he fired his pistol at the victim and was attempting to rob the store before being shot by the victim,” the detective wrote in the report.

After falling on the East Dayton Court, Bracken took off his clothes and put them in a garbage can, according to the report. Crime scene investigators later found the clothes and kept them for evidence.

Bracken told the detective he didn’t know where he threw the gun after running from the store, the report says.

Bracken, 11888 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, was booked Friday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery with a gun. His bail information was not immediately available in online jail records.