Crime

KC store employee critically injured in gunfire exchange with robber

Underground Clothing, near 63rd Street and Troost Avenue, was closed Friday after a store clerk exchanged gunfire with a robber Thursday night. Both the clerk and would-be robber were hospitalized.
Underground Clothing, near 63rd Street and Troost Avenue, was closed Friday after a store clerk exchanged gunfire with a robber Thursday night. Both the clerk and would-be robber were hospitalized. The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City store clerk and a man who reportedly tried to rob him remained hospitalized Friday after being wounded in an exchange of gunfire Thursday night.

Kansas City police found the victim and the alleged robber on the floor when they arrived just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Underground Clothing in the 6300 block of Troost Avenue, across the street from The Landing shopping center.

The 24-year-old employee and the other man both had multiple bullet wounds and were taken to hospitals in critical condition, according to police.

Witnesses told officers a second person may have been involved and fled before police arrived.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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