KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police responded to 59th and Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday afternoon where witnesses say a store clerk of the Pic N’ Save Market at that location shot a teenager who was shoplifting a package of cookies.
The teenager reportedly has serious injuries. According to police, the 16-year-old was struck in the leg and lost a lot of blood. Police say the shooting happened in the convenience store after an argument. Spectators say the teen then ran from the store into the street at about 1:45 p.m.
Police reportedly came upon the scene and found residents administering first aid to the boy.
According to Calvin Williamson, who has an auto shop across the street, he heard the teen screaming, ran out and saw lots of blood. Williamson said it looked like an artery was hit.
"I just witnessed the kid coming out, screaming, 'I've been shot! I've been shot!'" recalled Williamson. "I seen a lot of blood shooting out of his leg."
So he said he tied two belts around the teens' leg to stop the bleeding. The teen reportedly told him that he shoplifted cookies and an employee shot gun in the leg.
"He kept asking me, 'am i going to die? am i going to die?'" Williamson said about the teen.
Witnesses say it's likely Williamson saved the boy's life.
"It just kicked in. God moves you when he has to, yeah, it just kicked in," said Williamson of his actions.
Witnesses say it transpired after the teen stole a pack of cookies.
"It's senseless. It's very senseless for a kid to get shot over a pack of cookies," said one witness at the scene.
The shooter was taken into police custody following the incident.
Community activist Pat Clarke says he visited the boy and his family Tuesday afternoon at the hospital, where the boy underwent surgery.
He says his family is shaken up, but just thankful he’s alive. As of Tuesday night, the teen was said to be in stable condition.
It is still unclear how many people were inside the store at the time. The teen is reportedly from the 59th and Prospect neighborhood.