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Robber shot after chase to Walmart, police say

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A man was arrested on preliminary attempted murder charges early Monday following a shooting near the entrance of an Evansville Walmart store, police said

The 30-year-old victim suffered a gunshot to his lower back and was alert when he was taken to a hospital from the store on the city’s east side Sunday night, city police Sgt. Jason Cullum said.

The man was shot while apparently trying to escape from men who had chased his car to the store, Cullum said. The gunman fled following the shooting.

Isaiah Green, 24, of Evansville was arrested at the nearby apartment of an ex-girlfriend after the fleeing car described by witnesses was spotted at the complex, police said.

Cullum said investigators believed three shots were fired at the store and that it’s fortunate no one else was injured.

Green told officers the confrontation happened because the other man had robbed him earlier in the day, according to police records.

Patrick Bakel, 20, told the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/18KMUs0) that he saw the two cars pull up near the Walmart entrance and that one man fired three shots, with the last one hitting the victim.

“My first thought was, ‘If he’s going to shoot at him, he’s going to shoot at the people witnessing this,’ ” Bakel said. “Walmart was full, everybody just ran.”

Green was being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminarily charges of attempted murder and four counts of criminal recklessness. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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