Editor's Note: The Associated Press' headline has been edited to include the teenager assaulted a man who confronted him.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 16-year-old boy is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot soon after allegedly stealing the tip jar at a St. Louis restaurant and being confronted by a customer.

The shooting happened Thursday after the teenager and an acquaintance were asked to leave the restaurant for causing a disturbance.

The teen allegedly grabbed the tip jar on the way out. A 56-year-old customer confronted him outside the restaurant.

Police say the teen shoved the man to the ground and began beating him.

A 52-year-old man intervened, shooting the teenager in the abdomen.

The gunman was arrested. Jail records show he has been released from jail.

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