ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A Superday gas station clerk shot in the stomach Sunday night in St. Paul is expected to survive, according to St. Paul police.
Officers arrested two teenaged suspects: a 16-year-old boy and a 18-year-old man. Authorities believe the 16-year-old was the shooter.
"This is a great example of the community and their police officers working together to catch two people involved in a terrible crime that could have left an innocent victim dead," said Steve Linders, St. Paul police spokesman. "Thankfully, the victim is expected to recover and two dangerous suspects were taken off the streets."
Just before 6 p.m., officers responded to the Superday gas station on the 2500 block of 7th Street West for a report of aggravated assault.
The 911 caller found the 20-year-old clerk lying on the floor inside the gas station store. He had a gunshot wound in his stomach. Emergency crews took him to Regions Hospital where he had surgery for non-life threatening injuries.
Surveillance video showed a male suspect wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt and face mask walk into the store holding a handgun. Police also found a 9mm casing on the floor by the door. The suspects didn't take anything from the store.
Witnesses described the suspect vehicle, which patrol officers later found on the 1200 block of Homer Street. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested a 16-year-old boy and the 18-year-old man driving the vehicle.
Officers arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of felony aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, simple robbery and possession of ammunition. They arrested the 18-year-old man on suspicion of felony aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.