Police said the suspect approached an off-duty security guard around 6:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Rosecrans Avenue while simulating a handgun and demanding property from the victim. Investigators said the victim feared for his life. He shot the suspect once in the stomach.
The suspect collapsed inside a nearby indoor swap meet, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he had surgery for his wound. His condition was not known.
Anyone with information was asked to call Gardena police at (310) 217-9653.