KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man was arrested and charged with the shooting of a convenience store employee who was trying to stop an armed robbery.
Police said Murad A. Jones, 19, of Kansas City was charged with first degree robbery and assault as well as two counts of armed criminal action in the attack.
On Tuesday, a woman was robbed outside of the Food Stop near Gregory Blvd. and Cleveland Ave. Police said the robbery happened after two women gave two men, including Jones, a ride to the convenience store.
According to court records, Jones got into the front seat after they arrived at the store and demanded the women’s purses.
The woman reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and yelled for someone to call 911. A store clerk heard the woman’s call for help and came out in time to see Jones stealing her purse. Jones and the clerk struggled, and the clerk fell to the ground.
According to court documents, Jones admitted to taking out his gun and shooting the clerk six times before running from the scene. Jones shot the clerk through the abdomen.
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A patrolling officer was in the area and found Jones running away from the Food Stop while carrying a woman’s purse. The officer chased Jones and eventually held him at gunpoint until other officers could help arrest the man.
Customers at the store were not surprised the clerk jumped in to help.
“He’s always helping other people, and you know, trying to get the other people that are being crazy out of the store and not to come back,” customer Jonna Jones said. “I think it’s really sad. I consider him one of my friends.”
Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond.
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