The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 11, 2012

Man tells police of being robbed, shot

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin police on Monday were investigating the shooting of a 40-year-old man who was robbed on the lot at a local convenience store.

The victim told officers that he was robbed and shot while getting out of his vehicle after stopping at Horton’s Pizza Plus and convenience store, 1302 S. Schifferdecker Ave., according to a Joplin police statement.

The man, whose identity was not released by police, was in critical condition at Freeman Hospital West with a gunshot wound, but details were sketchy, said Lt. Darren Gallup.

Police were called shortly after 11 a.m.

Gallup said officers were told that a man had entered the store and told employees to call 911.

He said police were reviewing the store’s security videos, interviewing people in the area and waiting for another opportunity to talk to the injured man at the hospital. The convenience store is at the edge of a residential subdivision that includes apartments and townhouses as well as single-family homes.

A clerk at the store on Monday afternoon said there had been a shift change since police had left the store. Store owner Mike Horton, of Pittsburg, Kan., could not be reached on Monday afternoon.

Nothing unusual

EMPLOYEES OF NEARBY BUSINESSES said they did not see anything other than the arrival of police.

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