Man shot in online sale gone wrong

CREATED Apr 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Apr 24, 2014

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 MILWAUKEE -- This was a deal gone horribly wrong.

Milwaukee Police officers on Wednesday responded to a shooting at 14th and Vogel.

The victim, 19, said the shooter was a person he met online. He met him in the area to complete a sale arranged online on a site like Craigslist.

Instead of a fair and safe deal, police say the buyer pulled ona gun on the teen and tried to rob him. The teen ran away, but the gunman shot at him.

The teen was able to contact police on his own.

Police in Milwaukee have warned people in the past about the dangers of meeting with someone for an online sale. Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said the best plan may be to make the exchange inside a police station.

"That way, you're witnessed by some officers," Stanmeyer tells TODAY'S TMJ4. If something goes wrong, they're there to help you. There are surveillance cameras around. It just makes sense."

Officers also say holding transactions at the stations gives the public a chance to meet and interact with police in a positive manner, and foster a better sense of community.