ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - There was a stunning scene early Wednesday morning for patrons at the Coffee Cartel in the Central West End after a man who had been shot wound up just outside of the popular hangout. Cartel workers say there were 15 to 20 customers enjoying themselves drinking coffee at the tables outside when this happened around 1:20am. The workers say the victim stopped just feet from the tables. The Coffee Cartel at Maryland and Euclid in the Central West End is open 24 hours a day.
Police say the 45-year-old man had been shot behind the ear. He was conscious and talking to authorities when he was taken away by ambulance. Police also say the victim was actually shot roughly seven blocks from the Coffee Cartel at Enright and Aubert Avenue, in north city during a robbery.
According to investigators, when the two suspects approached the man, one pointed a gun at him while the other reached into his pocket and took his money. The victim took off running and that's when he heard a gunshot and then felt pain behind his ear.
He continued running but stopped outside of the Coffee Cartel because he felt tired and light headed. We're told he was taken to a hospital for treatment of a small projectile wound behind his ear. It is unknown if the wound was caused by a bullet, BB or pellet.
The man is listed in stable condition.
At this point, no suspects are in custody.