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Good Samaritan shot 6 times, fighting for his life

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A teen allegedly confessed to shooting a good Samaritan six times after he tried to stop the suspect from stealing a woman's purse, according to prosecutors.

The victim is fighting for his life after the bullets severed his bowels, authorities say. A police sergeant who heard the gunshots was able to chase down the suspect and arrest him.

Haroon Yousef, 33, was helping out the convenience store owner when he saw a man point a gun at a woman while in a vehicle with her children. Those who know Yousef said he was a friendly man who always helped others.

On Thursday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Murad A. Jones, 19, of Kansas City with first-degree robbery, first-degree and two counts of armed criminal action. Prosecutors are asking for a $250,000 bond.

Jones and a friend solicited a ride from a woman that the second man knew. The two wanted to be taken to the Food Shop on the corner of Gregory Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue.

The second man vouched for Jones, according to court documents. The woman allowed the two men to get into her SUV. A second female was in the vehicle along with the woman's three children, according to court records.

The two men initially got in the backseat, but during the drive Jones climbed into the front seat and pulled a gun on the woman.

"You know what this is. Where are the purses?" Jones demanded, according to court records.

The woman panicked and fled her vehicle. At the convenience store, she screamed for someone to call 911 and tried to get her children out of the back of the SUV. She told police that Jones was still in the SUV with her children and she feared that he would shoot her or her children. As a result, she jumped out of the SUV a second time and continued to scream for help.

That's when the clerk came running out of the store and struggled with Jones as he was trying to flee with the purse, according to court records.

Jones pulled out a handgun and fired at the clerk. Two of the shots hit his stomach, prosecutors said.

Jones then fled but the sergeant began to chase him and finally pulled a gun on him to take Jones into custody, police said. Jones had in his possession the driver's purse, which contained her driver's license.

Witness picked Jones out of a photo lineup.

Jones confessed to the crimes, police said.

"He went on to state that he thought the employee was going to hold him down until police got there, and although the employee fell down during the struggle, he stood over the employee and shot him six times before running away with the purse," according to court records.

This occurred about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 "It's a natural instinct for any human being to go and help someone who's getting robbed by gunpoint," officer Darin Snapp said.

Police say the clerk's condition remains critical.

Ahmed Nawaz, the owner of the convenience store, said his friend is improving. He said Yousef and his wife are expecting their first child.

KCTV5's Dave Jordan contributed to this report.

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