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Store owner shot during robbery in KC

Updated: 2013-04-10T22:23:49Z

A gunman shot a convenience store owner in the abdomen during an apparent robbery this afternoon in Kansas City.

The victim was shot while trying to intervene in the robbery of a couple in the parking lot about 3:15 p.m. at the Food Shop at Gregory Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue, police said. The robber took the woman’s purse and shot the owner who came outside to help.

A police sergeant who was less than a block away heard the gunshots and saw the gunman fleeing. The sergeant raced to the scene, chased the suspect on foot for about a block and arrested him near 70th and Monroe Avenue. The suspect still had the woman’s stolen purse, police said. A possible accomplice got away.

Police said the victim was conscious when he was taken to a hospital, but his condition was considered life-threatening. The victim was believed to be in his 30s. The suspect was believed to be about 20, police said.

| Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com.

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