Police in Joelton, Tennessee, indicate that 18-year-old Gabriel Gonzales was hospitalized in critical condition after allegedly attempting to rob an armed gas station clerk who is former USMC.
According to WSMV, “58-year-old Zane Friend was outside taking a break when [three] armed men reportedly started running at him.” Gonzales allegedly had a shotgun with him, but Friend was able to draw his pistol and shoot first. He struck Gonzales in the abdomen.
The other two suspects fled when Friend shot Gonzales.
Friend then ran inside to get towels and came back out to keep Gonzales alive. This meant performing CPR on Gonzales while waiting for first responders to arrive.
Gonzales was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
Friend said he has worked at the gas station 19 years and “this is the first time anyone has ever tried to rob him.”
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