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Man shot in leg at Exxon station in New Stanton; suspect being questioned

| Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 3:54 p.m.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Bobby Wilson, 41, of Hunker describes the shooting incident and his role in disarming the gunman at the Exxon station in New Stanton on Nov. 12, 2013.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
A suspect is taken into custody by state police after a shooting at an Exxon station in New Stanton on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2013.

A bystander took away a shooter's gun and unloaded it to prevent others from being wounded on Tuesday afternoon after a man was shot in the thigh at a New Stanton convenience store, state police said.

Police identified the suspected shooter as Walter Lynn and victim as Angel Morales. Ages and addresses of the two men were not released by police.

Bobby Wilson, 41, of Hunker said he stopped to get fuel and cigarettes about 3 p.m. at the Exxon convenience store at Byers and Center avenues on his way to work at a nearby beer distributor.

When he stepped outside the store, Wilson said, he saw two men arguing near one of the gas pumps.

“One of the men, a Hispanic male, had a .45-caliber gun and was pointing it at a white male,” Wilson said. “The white male disarmed him, took the gun and twice told the Hispanic male to back up.”

Wilson said that within seconds, the white man shot the Hispanic man in the thigh. Wilson confronted the shooter and demanded that he surrender the gun.

“He said, ‘I don't know who you are,' ” Wilson said. “I told him, ‘All you got to know is I have a 4-year-old daughter and I'm not going to get hit by a stray bullet walking back to my car.' ”

Wilson said he “wasn't thinking about anything” but disarming the shooter when he demanded the gun. He went back into the convenience store with the firearm, unloaded it and called police.

“I told them when they come, I have the gun, and I don't want to be shot,” Wilson said.

State police Lt. James P. Shaw said investigators are conducting interviews to determine what happened. “We know there was some kind of altercation here,” he said.

“None of us know” what caused the argument, Wilson said.

Lynn was taken to the state police station for questioning, police said.

Morales was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The convenience store reopened at 4:05 p.m.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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