Shoplifting suspect fleeing Phoenix store hit by car

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PHOENIX -- A shoplifting suspect is in critical condition after he was hit by a car Sunday night.

The 34-year-old man was caught shoplifting inside the Walgreens on the southeast corner of Glendale and 43rd avenues at around 9:40 p.m., according to Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

The suspect fled from loss prevention employees and ran out the back door of the store. The employees did not follow.

Holmes said the suspect apparently ran toward the intersection and attempted to run across 43rd Avenue against a red light/"Don't Walk" signal when a 1999 Toyota Camry traveling southbound on a green signal light hit him.

The man was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition.

The 74-year-old female driver remained at the scene. Holmes said no charges are pending at this time.

Police said they found several stolen items in the suspect's possession.