Man may face assault charge after teen shot during tip jar theft


ST. LOUIS – A 16-year-old is in the hospital after getting shot during an attempt to steal money from a tip jar, police said late Thursday afternoon. A 52-year-old man may face assault charges after the shooting. Warrants still need to be applied by the Circuit Attorney’s Office.

A police report says that the teen and a friend were asked to leave the Utah Station Restaurant after causing a disturbance at around 3:55 pm Thursday. The 16-year-old took a tip jar on the way out.

A 56-year-old man confronted the teen outside of the building about the theft. The teen shoved the man to the ground and then started beating him. A 52-year-old man at the restaurant intervened by shooting the teen.

Police were called to the scene in the 1900 block of Utah around 4:15 pm. They found the teen with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.

The 52-year-old man was arrested and police also took his weapon. He was booked into jail.

The 56-year-old man has injuries to his face. He refused medical treatment.

It is not clear what charges the teen will face.

Police say the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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