Clerk Shot, Gunman at Large in Overnight Robbery of Westword Neighbor

This morning, I can definitely identify with the concept of a crime happening close to home.

During the wee hours, a clerk was shot during a robbery attempt at a Diamond Shamrock Corner Store across the street from Westword's 969 Broadway offices — and at this writing, the gunman is still at large.

It was clear from the jump that something unusual was going on.

As I pulled into Westword's parking lot at about 4:35 a.m., I found a CBS4 vehicle in a space very close to mine, with a camera set up and ready for a live update.

Inside the vehicle was CBS4 correspondent Shawn Chitnis, who kindly offered me a preview of the report he would soon offer viewers of the station's morning-news program.

According to Chitnis, the robbery took place shortly after 1 a.m. at the Diamond Shamrock, located on the northwest corner of 10th and Broadway.

A clerk was shot in the incident.

Fortunately, he suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Chitnis added that the shooting is particularly concerning to authorities because there have been other recent robberies in the area — meaning, presumably, that cops fear it could be part of a pattern.

At this writing, however, the Denver Police Department hasn't tweeted about what went down — and neither have the cops shared a description of the gunman.

Just another Monday morning in Denver, Colorado. Here's a video about the crime courtesy of 7News.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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