KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is investigating after someone was shot during an armed robbery that happened on Thursday morning.
The incident happened at about 6:25 a.m. at the Valero Gas & More location in the area of N. 18th Street and Grandview Boulevard.
A suspect wearing a hoodie jumped out of a car and approached the victim while he was pumping gas.
The suspect then pistol-whipped the victim to the ground and beat him while he was down. When the victim tried to run away, the suspect shot him in the leg and tried to take his vehicle.
The suspect did get into the victim's car, but then hopped back out and ran to a getaway car. Both suspects were gone when police arrived.
They left the scene in a light blue, 2000-2007 Ford Taurus. It appears to have a temporary tag. It has two different rim styles on the driver’s side.
The police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect in the case, which they have classified as aggravated robbery and aggravated battery.
Manager Megan Clement said that, at their gas station, regular customers are treated like family.
“We are a very tight knit community around here,” she said.
She was appalled to see what happened to 45-year-old victim as he filled his car with gas.
“He is very sweet,” she said. “He is very respectful. He is a loyal customer, very happy all the time. Very kind. We just love him.”
“[It's] a vicious, brutal, chilling attack on an innocent human being,” Clement said.
If you recognize the car or suspects, call KCK police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
“A vicious, brutal attack on an innocent human being.” Employees say one of their regular customers was beaten and shot during a robbery at a gas station near 18th St. and Grandview. KCK police are asking for tips. Any info? Call KCK police or 816-474-TIPS. Update @KCTV5 at 10PM pic.twitter.com/94jBcwdJvm— Emily Rittman KCTV5 (@EmilyRittman) March 15, 2019