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Police shoot knife-wielding man inside Harlem Whole Foods

HARLEM, Manhattan — A man armed with a knife was shot by police inside of a Whole Foods store in Harlem on  Saturday, according to officials.

Police were called by store security at the Whole Foods on 100 West 125th Street for a shoplifter acting in a violent manner just before 8:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers encountered a man who became increasingly violent and produced a knife. After multiple commands to drop the knife, one officer shot the man once in the shoulder.

EMS said took the man to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.

The man has an extensive criminal record and has been an issue at the store before, according to police.

Officials later identified him as Michael Vasquez, 28. He was charged with attempted assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny.

 

Watch the police press conference below: