BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — A security guard and a teenager fell down an elevator shaft at a Target in the Bronx early Thursday, leaving one of them with serious injuries, police and fire officials said.
First responders were called to the five-story big-box store on Exterior Street near East 153rd Street around 11:15 a.m., according to authorities.
The security guard, 29, was trying to stop a 16-year-old alleged shoplifter, officials said. A scuffle ensued before they fell down the shaft.
The teen fell on top of the elevator and suffered cuts to the head, officials said. The guard fell between the elevator and the elevator shaft wall, according to authorities. FDNY officials described their condition as critical, with serious injuries.
Both were taken to hospitals for treatment. Police said charges were pending against the alleged shoplifter.
In a statement, Target told PIX11 News:
Our hearts go out to those who were injured in this tragic incident at the Bronx Terminal market, which includes a target team member.