THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) — A smoke shop employee was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot a man who was attempting to rob the store, police said.

Fares Alhazmi, 26, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm in connection with the Bronx shooting, police said.

Alhazmi, an employee of the Top Shelf convenience store and smoke shop, allegedly shot 23-year-old Romel Carey in the head at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.

Carey attempted to rob the Bronx store before he was shot, police said. First responders pronounced Carey dead at the scene.

Charline Charles is a digital journalist from Brooklyn who has covered local news along with culture and arts in the New York City area since 2019. She joined PIX11 News in 2022. See more of her work here.