|Updated: 7/22/2013 5:26 pm
||Published: 7/22/2013 4:47 pm
Tulsa police shot a teen in the chest and fired chemical gas into an apartment where a 20-year-old was hiding during a standoff on Sunday night.
Police said the two robbed a convenience store on Mohawk Boulevard and hid inside an apartment near 36th Street North and Lewis.
Neighbors told FOX23's Michelle Linn these suspects were not smart by targeting the only store in their neighborhood. Neighbors said the owner looks out for them, and they look out for him.
"He gives the kids food when they don't have any food stamps or anything. Whenever I needed something and didn't have any money, he always helped me out," said Ebony Covington, a neighbor.
Tulsa police told FOX23 that 17-year-old Chance Sanders and 20-year-old Juan Alvarez walked into the U-Stop on Mohawk Boulevard around 8 p.m. Sunday night.
Police said they both had guns, and they demanded cash and cigarettes. Police said they got what they were after, but Christi Borens, who works there, said it was no jackpot. They only got $35 in ones and five boxes of cigarettes, but dropped one as they ran.
"It was real dumb, to me, like stupidity. I'm not a professional robber, but if I was I wouldn't run on foot, I would get a car," she said.
It was dusk, and there were plenty of people outside, watching the two run from the store, across the field, and into an apartment at Mohawk Manor.
They were all pointing and yelling.
Police said the woman in the apartment told them she didn't know the suspects and doesn't know how they got in, but a neighbor doesn't buy it.
"I'm hoping she'll be evicted," said the neighbor, who chose not to be identified.
Police said all of those witnesses speaking up are what led them to the suspects so quickly.
Officers were on the scenes for hours, trying to get Alvarez and Sanders to come out.
They said Sanders was pacing out the front door and the back door, holding a gun, and refusing officers' orders to drop it.
Police said when he walked out the front door, toward officers, with the gun in his hand, two of them fired shots. One bullet hit Sanders in the chest.
"That was the scary part. My girls started screaming," said Covington.
"I seen a stretcher comes and hauls him off," said Jashon Gunter, a neighbor.
Tulsa police said Sanders was talking to investigators on the way into surgery, and is stable now.