LANSING — A 24-year-old clerk was shot in the leg Sunday night during a robbery at a Family Dollar store, police said.

The shooting may be linked to another armed robbery earlier in the night at a Munster Burger King, Lansing police said.

Lansing police were dispatched about 9:50 p.m. to the Family Dollar at 17829 Burnham Ave. after three men robbed the business and shot the clerk.

Police said the suspects were described as three males wearing dark clothing. The three men entered the store about 10 minutes before closing and demanded money from the clerk. One of the men fired a gun at the clerk, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken before the three men fled through a parking lot, police said.

In a statement released at 9:17 p.m. Monday night, Lansing police said the clerk, who reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, was transported to a local hospital. Police said the clerk underwent surgery and currently is listed in stable condition.

The three suspects were described as black with dark clothing and their faces partially covered. One had a handgun, police said.

Police said the first suspect, the one with the gun, had on a black hoodie sweatshirt with white trim and black sweat pants with white stripes down the legs.

The second suspect was wearing all black and had a distinctive brown backpack with light colored trim. The third suspect was wearing all black clothes with white and gold shoes and acted as a lookout during the robbery, authorities said.

Police said footprints in the snow led to a residential street where it appeared as if the men entered a vehicle.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation responded to the scene and processed the business for evidence.

The Lansing Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has an on-going investigation and is requesting that anyone with information call Lansing police at 708-895-7150.

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