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Suspect arrested in Buckland Hills mall shooting; security guard hospitalized

A man accused of shooting a security guard Friday at a Manchester shopping mall has been arrested.

Manchester police say 30-year-old Richard LaPlante turned himself in Saturday night. They charged him with criminal attempt/murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and carrying a pistol without a permit.

LaPlante is being held on a $1 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The shooting happened just after noon Friday at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills.

Police say a shoplifter shot a security guard who was trying to confront him. The guard was shot in the stomach and found inside Macy’s. The guard, a 27-year-old, was transported to Hartford Hospital, authorities said. Police said the guard remained hospitalized as of Sunday morning.

Nobody else was injured.

Macy’s said it was working with Manchester police as they investigate.

“We are deeply saddened about the incident that took place … at Macy’s Pavilions at Buckland Hills,” Stephanie Jimenez, a Macy’s spokesperson, wrote in a statement. “The safety of our customers and our colleagues is Macy’s top priority.”

People with information about the incident are asked to call Manchester police at 860-645-5500.

This story has been updated.

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