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Near West Side Store Clerk Shot At Man Trying To Rob Store, Police Say

By  Tanveer Ali and Ariel Cheung | October 28, 2017 9:30am | Updated on October 30, 2017 12:18pm

CHICAGO — A Tri-Taylor convenience store clerk fired a gun at an armed man who tried to rob his store Friday morning, police said.

The incident occurred in the 700 block of South Western Avenue at 11:10 a.m., the same block where a 14-year-old was critically injured in a late September shooting.

The robber showed his weapon, and the clerk fired in his direction, police said. The clerk said he was unsure if the robber was hit.

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The robber is described as man in his early 30s wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt and red and white sneakers.

No one is in custody.

Anyone with information should call police at 312-744-8263.

Friday's shooting happened on a Tri-Taylor block where business owners said crime has worsened in the last few years.

Gunfire between teenagers Sept. 28 sent a bullets flying at Polk and Western and left the 14-year-old boy bleeding inside Sam's Quick Stop.

Earlier this year, two men in a car pulled up at the same corner and shot a 22-year-old man in the chest.

There have been 15 shootings in the last five years on the strip of Western Avenue between Harrison and Taylor Street and the surrounding blocks in the 28th Ward, according to DNAinfo's data-based map of shootings since 2010.