‘It’s Christmas time’: Victim shot in the chest after asking suspect not to rob him

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A man is recovering in the hospital after being shot during an ATM robbery Thursday.

Leroy Barkley, of Cleveland, said he was at an ATM on Lorain Avenue early in the morning trying to withdraw money when a man approached him from behind and grabbed his shoulder.

“He first said he didn’t want to shoot me ” Barkley said. “I asked him if he was really going to rob me because it’s Christmas time?"

The suspect then said 'yeah' and after a brief struggle, shot Barkley in the chest. When Barkley tried to run away, the suspect shot him in the backside.

Barkley was able to run to his nearby home and called police. He was rushed to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment at this time.

His family says he is a widower and is raising five children.  They are praying for a full recovery.

The suspect is described as being black and tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a red and green jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

For more information on the GoFund Me account for LeRoy click here.