A gas station clerk is recovering after he was shot during a robbery Sunday evening in St. Paul.

Two suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting at 6 p.m. at the Clark gas station at 2527 W. 7th St., said police spokesman Steve Linders.

Police were called by a customer who walked into the store right after the incident. The 20-year-old clerk, who had been shot in the stomach, was taken to Regions Hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Police identified the suspects from video that showed a masked man brandishing a handgun and from the caller's recollection of a vehicle seen leaving the area. Shortly after, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description on the 1200 block of Homer Street.

The officers arrested a 16-year-old boy who is believed to be the shooter. An 18-year-old man who was driving the car also was arrested, Linders said.

The suspects could face charges of aggravated robbery and felony aggravated robbery, Linders said.

"This is a great example of the community and their police officers working together to catch two people involved in a terrible crime that could have left an innocent victim dead," Linders said.

Tim Harlow