ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 16-year-old boy is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot soon after allegedly stealing the tip jar at a St. Louis restaurant and being confronted by a customer.
The shooting happened Thursday afternoon. Police say the teenager and an acquaintance were causing a disturbance and were asked to leave the restaurant. The teen allegedly grabbed the tip jar on the way out.
A 56-year-old customer confronted him outside the restaurant. Police say the teen shoved the man to the ground and began beating him. The man suffered facial injuries but declined medical treatment.
Police say a 52-year-old man saw the assault and shot the teenager in the abdomen. The gunman was arrested. Jail records show he has been released from jail.
An investigation continues.