A gas station clerk fought back after three armed suspects tried to rob his store in Joelton earlier this month.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of Chip’s Quik Stop market on Whites Creek Pike just after 11:30 p.m. on May 10.

According to police, 58-year-old Zane Friend was outside taking a break when the armed men reportedly started running at him.

Friend was armed with a pistol. He told police one of the suspects pointed a gun at him, so he shot the suspect in the stomach.

The two other suspects reportedly ditched their friend who had just been shot.

According to police, Friend then ran inside, grabbed towels and tried to help the man who had just tried to rob him. Friend said he performed CPR on the suspect and called 911.

Friend is a veteran of the Marines and has been working at this gas station for 19 years. He told News4 this was the first time anyone has ever tried to rob him.

The suspect, 18-year-old Gabriel Gonzales, was treated for his gunshot wound at TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He was discharged on May 16.

Gonzales, who is from Clarksville, is now in police custody. He is charged with attempted aggravated robbery, gun possession during the commission of a dangerous felony and gun theft. He is being held on $36,000 bond.

Police said Gonzales had a shogun with him that was reported stolen in Clarksville.

Authorities are still looking for the two other suspects. Officials have not released their names or photos.

According to police, Gonzales and his accomplices may be behind several other recent robberies in the Middle Tennessee area.

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