MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 17-year-old is in critical condition after he tried to stop a robbery at a gas station.
According to Memphis Police Department, officers responded to a robbery at a Citgo gas station on Sycamore View Road. A 32-year-old man said three men tried to rob him at gunpoint.
Police said the 32-year-old went to the gas station with the 17-year-old. When the 32-year-old left the gas station, three men with guns approached him.
"Absolutely pointless," the victim said. "They all had pistols in my face and demanded money."
The man was visiting Memphis from Oakland, Tennessee to see his father in the hospital.
"It was kind of scary for sure," the man said. But, he said the quick actions of a 17-year-old boy, a family friend, who was in the truck, parked out front of the gas station, saved his life.
The 17-year-old saw the robbery and grabbed a gun. Two of the robbery suspects shot the 17-year-old, then ran away.
The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
"I had three pistols in my face and he turned their attention off of me and onto him," the 32-year-old man said.
The man said after the 17-year-old grabbed his pistol, which he keeps in his truck, he pointed it out the window.
"They walked to my truck, saw him in my truck, then opened fire on my truck when they saw that he was armed," the man said.
He said the men shot the teen in his leg and his back. The teen fired too, but the men were not hit. They told police they weren't able to get a good look at the suspects.
Witnesses said after all of the shots were fired, the three suspects ran to an unknown car then drove off. The victims ran inside the gas station for help.
Now, as they recover physically and emotionally, this man has two words for the boy he calls his hero: Thank You.
"That kid saved my life man," the victim said. "I owe my life to him."
We are told the 17-year-old is doing OK and is now recovering at Regional Medical Center.
No arrests have been made in this case.
If you have any information in this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.