Teen shot by gas station owner in botched burglary

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 15-year-old is being treated at Children's Mercy Hospital after being shot during a botched burglary early Friday morning.

Police said the 15-year-old used a hammer to smash the front window of the Snack Pack around 1:30 a.m. The owner was at the convenience store at 45th and Prospect and shot the teen. He was shot in the stomach and treated at Children's Mercy Hospital. His injuries are considered non-life threatening.

"This is a shame," said Tammy Mondaine, daughter of the store's owner who shot the suspect. "The people should appreciate the neighborhood store."

Police said the attempted smash and grab could be related to a string of break-ins within the Linwood to Prospect corridor. They're investigating whether the suspect could be connected to a loosely knit groupĀ of people targeting the area.

"People keep coming by and breaking the window," Mondaine said. "They don't want it here. It seems like they don't want it here."

Mondaine said she wants people to come together to rebuild the neighborhood.

"It's not about what you can take from it," she said, "it's what you can give that makes it a better neighborhood."

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