ROANOKE, Va. -

Police in Roanoke are investigating a shooting that happened in Roanoke Wednesday night.

Police who say it happened at the Paradise Deli Mart on Melrose Avenue around 8:30.

They say a man walked in and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the clerk.

The clerk pulled out his own gun and shot the robber.

The suspect immediately ran out of the store.

Officers say they found him less than a block away in an alley.

He's in the hospital, but it's not clear how badly he's hurt.

We have a crew on the way.