A 21-year-old man was shot outside a Mesquite shopping mall after allegedly trying to steal another man’s car, which ended up stalling out in the parking lot.
Police were dispatched about 5:22 p.m. Tuesday on a shooting call in the 4000 block of Town East Mall, where they found someone who said he had arranged online to meet a man in the mall parking lot to sell his vehicle.
When the seller got out of his vehicle, the suspect instead got into the seller’s car and began to drive off. The seller chased after the vehicle and produced a handgun as another vehicle pulled up next to him, its driver displaying a firearm.
As the suspect tried to get into the second vehicle, the seller fired several rounds and hit the suspect in the leg.
Police identified the suspect as Rodrick Fridia, 21, of Cedar Hill. He was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Bail was set at $25,000.
The investigation is ongoing.