Clerk shot during robbery at gas station on Indy’s southeast side

INDIANAPOLIS --A gas station clerk doing maintenance work was confronted by a gunman who robbed and then shot him early Thursday on the city's southeast side.

It happened shortly after 3 a.m. in the 3700 block of E. Raymond St. at a Marathon gas station. The shooting victim was inside the station doing cleaning work  when the lone gunman came in and demanded money, according to IMPD. The suspect ordered the clerk back into the cashier area where he handed over an undisclosed amount of money.

"The clerk indicated to officers that a lone gunman entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. He said the gun was out as soon as the robber came in," said Major Richard Riddle with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The clerk was then shot in the lower leg, according to police. He was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"(The suspect) unnecessarily shot the clerk," Riddle said. "The clerk, from our understanding, fully complied with the demands of the robbery suspect, so I'm very frustrated that this robbery suspect would shoot an innocent man trying to do his job."

Investigators are hoping to review surveillance video to learn more about the assailant, who fled the scene after the robbery and shooting.

"The best suspect description we have at this point is a black male in some type of black hooded sweatshirt. That hooded sweatshirt was pulled up over his head," Riddle said.

"In my opinion, there was just no reason for the clerk to be shot," Riddle said. "This individual fully complied. He told us his hands were up, and he was willingly handing money over to this would-be robber."