Teen Shot By Joelton Clerk During Robbery Charged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A teenager, who was shot last week by a convenience store clerk in Joelton, has been arrested on several charges, including attempted aggravated robbery. 

Investigators said three masked men approached a clerk as he was taking a smoke break outside of Chip's Quik Stop on Whites Creek Pike on May 10

When the suspects demanded money, the clerk -- 58-year-old Zane Friend -- pulled out a gun and fired, hitting Gabriel Gonzales in the stomach. 

Police said Gonzales was armed with a shotgun and ordered the clerk to get back into the store moments prior to the shooting. 

The two others took off from the scene and have not been arrested. One of them dropped a weapon, which police said was a starter pistol. 

The recovered shotgun was reported stolen in Clarksville last month.

Two witnesses ran to help the 18-year-old before police arrived. They told officers they tried to keep Gonzales awake and alert. That's when the suspect told one of the witnesses that he was sorry for trying to rob the clerk, but he did it because his mother is on dialysis.

Gonzales was arrested on May 16 and charged with attempted aggravated robbery, gun possession during the commission of a dangerous felony, and gun theft. He was being held in lieu of $36,000 bond.

Police said he and his accomplices are under investigation relating to other recent robberies in the Middle Tennessee area.  

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