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.