Paramedics take a man to an ambulance after he was shot inside a Battle Creek convenience store. (Courtesy: Trace Christenson/Battle Creek Enquirer)
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (The Enquirer) -- A 28-year-old man was critically injured Monday when police said he attempted to rob a Battle Creek convenience store and was shot by a clerk.
The man, whose name was not released by Battle Creek police, was carrying a knife when he attempted to rob the Liberty Convenience Store at 439 Capital Ave. N.E.
One of two clerks in the store fired a handgun, hitting the man once, according to Lt. Austin Simons.
Police were called at 2:43 p.m. and found the man on the floor inside the store. Both clerks were inside and were not hurt, Simons said. They were being questioned by police.
Simons said a security video shows the man with a knife before he was shot.
Police said late Monday afternoon that the man who was shot was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and was in critical condition.
Bernadette Jackson, 40, was in the attached laundromat and said she heard a boom but believed it was a loud car stereo.
Moments before she had seen a man walking across the street and into the convenience store.
Her husband, Jermaine Jackson, 24, said he believed he heard two shots.
"I was asking 'what is going on,'" he said.
His sister was standing outside the laundromat by her car and said she saw another man enter the store before the man who was shot walked in.
She never heard any shots and said suddenly all the police cars, a fire truck and ambulance arrived with their lights and sirens.
"I never heard anything until all the cops arrived," she said.
Officers placed yellow tape around the parking lot and paramedics placed the man on a stretcher and into the ambulance before taking him directly to Kalamazoo.
By Trace Christenson, The Enquirer