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Teen shot while running away from armed robber in north Houston

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HOUSTON

A teenage boy is recovering in the hospital after he was shot during an attempted robbery in north Houston on Friday, police said.

Police said two 16-year-old boys were walking home from Burrus Park when a black Toyota Tundra truck pulled up next to them at the intersection of East 35th and Oxford streets around 10:15 p.m. The person inside the vehicle then pointed a gun at the teens, demanding their phones and cash, police said.

One of the teens gave up his belongings, but the other tried to run away, police said.

The gunman chased the boy and fired one shot, hitting the teen in the lower back, police said.

He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The other teen was not injured, according to police.

The shooter is described as a Hispanic man with a short beard. Police said he is about 6 feet tall and has a heavy build. He used a silver and black handgun, according to police.

So far, police have not made any arrests.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Houston Police Department's Major Assaults Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).