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Nashville clerk shoots shotgun-toting masked 18-year-old during robbery

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A shotgun-toting 18-year-old was wounded by a store clerk after a gun was pulled on him overnight.

Gabriel Gonzales is still being treated in the hospital after store clerk Zane Friend, 58, shot him during a robbery at Chip's Quick Stop.

Police say Friend was confronted by Gonzales and two other masked suspects at about 11:30 p.m. at the store along Whites Creek Pike in the Joelton area.

Friend was outside smoking a cigarette when Gonzales, armed with a stolen shotgun out of Clarksville, and other masked men ordered him to get back into the store. That's when police say Friend pulled out a pistol he was carrying and shot Gonzales in the stomach. The other two suspects fled the scene and dropped a starter pistol on their way.

After Gonzales went down, Friend helped citizens who were rendering aid to the suspect before the ambulance got on scene. Friend has worked at the store for 15 years.

Gonzales will be charged when he's released from the hospital. Police say he and the other men are under investigation for other crimes in middle Tennessee.


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