An Akron gas station employee was taken to the hospital after being shot in a robbery that turned violent

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A 25-year-old employee of a West Exchange Street gas station was taken to the hospital Thursday after being shot in a robbery that turned violent, according to an Akron Police Department news release.

Police arrived at Delia and Wildwood Streets at 12:37 p.m. for a report of a shooting and found the adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.

Officers provided emergency first aid and applied a tourniquet. The man was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he was listed in critical condition.

Police said the incident began when an unknown man entered the Gas & Save gas station in the 800 block of West Exchange and stole a jar from the counter.

That’s when the 25-year-old employee followed the man down Delia Street. Officers said the suspect shot him and fled on foot.

Police described the shooting as “senseless.”

Anyone with information can contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. Anyone can submit anonymous information by texting TIPSCO to 274637 or downloading the Akron PD app and texting Tips411.

This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon: Akron man in critical condition after ‘unprovoked shooting’

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