Arrest warrants charging attempted aggravated robbery, unlawful gun possession and gun theft were being issued against an 18-year-old shotgun-toting Clarksville man who was wounded by a Joelton market clerk after the shotgun was pulled on him late Thursday night.
Gabriel Gonzales is being treated at Skyline Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his stomach.
The investigation to this point shows that Zane Friend, 58, an employee of Chip’s Quik Stop market at 7250 Whites Creek Pike, had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette just after 11:30 p.m. when he was confronted by a masked man with a shotgun and two other masked persons behind him. Friend said the masked gunman, subsequently identified as Gonzales, ordered him to get back in the store. Friend pulled a pistol he was carrying and fired, striking Gonzales in the midsection. Gonzales went down. The two masked persons with him fled on foot. One of them dropped a handgun, which turned out to be a starter pistol.
After securing the loaded shotgun Gonzales was carrying, Friend helped citizens who were rendering aid to Gonzales until the ambulance arrived.
The recovered shotgun was reported stolen in Clarksville last month.
Gonzales will be arrested upon his discharge from the hospital. He and his accomplices are under investigation in regard to other recent robberies in the Middle Tennessee area.