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Suspected armed robber wails ‘It’s just a toy gun’ after metro store clerk shoots him with real gun

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A convenience store clerk shot a robbery suspect who police say was armed with a BB gun on Saturday. Tho Van Tran is charged with first degree robbery in Clay County and is recovering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

A probable cause statement alleges Tran tried to rob Pour Boys gas station at 2601 Chouteau Trafficway on Saturday morning. Tran approached the clerk to ask how much a candy bar cost before pulling out what looked like a handgun and demanding money.

After Tran repeatedly yelled his demands, the clerk reached into his jacket pocket for a handgun and shot him once in the shoulder, leading the suspect to shout: “It’s just a toy gun.”

The clerk called 911 to report the shooting, and then stood between the suspect and the front door as Tran attempted to crawl away from the crime scene. The court document says that Tran has been arrested previously for shoplifting, burglary, a parole violation and drug possession.

Court records show his bond is set at $75,000, no court dates have been announced yet.

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