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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are searching for a man who shot and critically wounded a would-be car thief.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened Wednesday night near West Florissant and Thrush avenues. The 38-year-old shooting victim was struck in the right arm and left leg and is in critical but stable condition.

Police say the man was trying to steal a vehicle when a man, believed to be the owner of the car, saw him inside the car and ordered him out at gunpoint.

The would-be thief tried to run but was shot. The shooter drove away in the car.

Police say the gunman is black and 20 to 30 years old with a medium complexion. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes. His vehicle was an older model four-door silver Saturn with black bumpers and rims.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,