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Would-Be Robber Shoots Clerk In Springfield

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 25, 2016

A store clerk known as "Mr. Ali" was injured in Springfield overnight after he was shot during a struggle with a would-be robber.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. Sunday at the Korner Market, located on Main Street and 18th Avenue. 

Officials said the suspect entered the store and pointed a modified AR-15 at Ali, who fought back, trying to get the gun away from the suspect.

During the struggle, the suspect shot at the Ali, whose son owns the market, more than once and hit Ali three times in the legs.

The suspect had a bandana covering his face, but was seen on surveillance footage after Ali knocked the bandana off of his face, as well as his Chicago Bulls hat. 

The suspect is still on the loose. Ali was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Ali is known in the area as being a friendly man who would often give free candy to the neighborhood children. 

After he was shot and being loaded into the ambulance, neighbors could be heard yelling positive messages to Ali. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call police. There is a reward for information leading to an arrest.