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Three in custody after robbers shoot 7-Eleven clerk in Sycamore

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., two men, believed to be in their 20s, shot the clerk at a 7-Eleven in Sycamore. | Sycamore police

Three suspects thought to be involved in the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven that turned into a shooting Monday night in the far western suburbs are in custody.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, two men walked into the 7-Eleven at 404 W. State in Sycamore with a gun, according to Sycamore police.

A struggle with the store clerk ended with the clerk being shot twice in the lower body, police said. The 45-year-old man was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, where his condition had stabilized. He was expected to recover.

The two men left in a small, white, mid-sized vehicle, authorities said. They were described as black men with short hair, believed to be in their 20s. One was wearing a T-shirt that looked like the American flag, and the other was wearing a white shirt.

The man in the white shirt left the store wearing a black 7-Eleven shirt that investigators believe was originally worn by the clerk, police said.

About 1:30 a.m., Elmhurst police responded to the area of North Avenue and Willow Road, where a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the robbery was involved in a single-vehicle crash, according to Elmhurst police.

Three occupants ran from the vehicle when police arrived, Elmhurst police said. Two of the suspects were found and taken into custody, and a firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

Sycamore detectives later took custody of the suspects in connection with the armed robbery, police said. No charges have yet been filed.

About 8:05 a.m., the third suspect was found hiding under the outdoor deck of a home in the 100 block of East Lake Frontage Street in Elmhurst, and was taken into custody, Elmhurst police said.

The three suspects are believed to be involved in another armed robbery that happened about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday at a gas station at North and Gary avenues in west suburban Carol Stream, authorities said.

Sycamore police are working with Carol Stream and Elmhurst police on the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (815) 895-3435.