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Wrecker driver shot during Fort Worth robbery

A wrecker driver went to an east-side apartment complex early Tuesday to repossess a car, but instead he was robbed and wounded slightly by bullet fragments that peppered his right shin.

The robbery was reported 2:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Apartments, in the 8300 block of Brentwood Stair Road, according to reports.

The 49-year-old wrecker driver told police he was walking through the complex looking for a red Dodge car to repossess, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

A man with a small handgun approached and demanded the driver's wallet, Henderson said.

The driver handed over $40, but the gunman demanded more and fired a shot near the driver's feet, Henderson said.

"The bullet fragmented after hitting the ground and struck the victim in the shin of his right leg penetrating the skin," Henderson said. "The suspect then fled through the apartment complex."

Paramedics treated the driver at the scene, but he didn't have to go to the hospital, Henderson said.

The gunman was described as being between 5-feet-4-inches to 5-feet-7-inches tall, and about 150 pounds. The man, who was black, wore a long-sleeve red and white striped shirt with a blue do-rag on his head.