A Massachusetts gas station employee is recovering from surgery after they were shot overnight in an attempted robbery.
Fire officials said the employee was taken to a Rhode Island hospital as a result of the shooting at a Mobil gas station on Newport Avenue in Attleboro.
His injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to police.
The suspect allegedly approached the clerk with a gun, demanding money. When the clerk said he had no money to give the suspect, a struggle broke out.
"One gunshot round was discharged from the weapon and struck the clerk in the lower abdomen," Attleboro Police Lt. Brian Kelley said.
He said a nearby officer heard the gunshots, responded to the scene and was flagged down by the wounded clerk.
"(The clerk) is fortunate that the sergeant was in the area at that time. She did provide lifesaving measures," Kelley said.
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Massachusetts State Police were joined at the scene by Attleboro, Amtrak and Providence police, as well as a K-9 unit.
The shooting victim told police the suspect was wearing a monkey mask, similar to one worn by a suspect in an armed robbery in Providence on Sunday morning. The store clerk reportedly pulled the mask off during the struggle and was able to get a glimpse of the man underneath.
The suspect fled the gas station and is no longer believed to be in the area. Police said there is no danger to the public.
Customers at the gas station were shocked to learn about the incident Monday.
"Normally it is a safe area," Albert Norsini said. "I come off the highway and go directly to work. I wouldn't imagine that this happened here."