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Police say a former U.S. amateur heavyweight boxing champion has been shot and critically injured during a confrontation not far from his suburban New York City home.

Adam Willett was shot once in the torso in the parking lot of the Miracle Plaza Shopping Center in North Bellport, in Long Island about 50 miles east of New York City.

Police are searching for the shooter. They say they believe the Wednesday night shooting may have been a botched robbery attempt.

The 28-year-old Willett has been hospitalized in critical condition.
Willett became the U.S. amateur champion in 2006. He was an alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in Beijing after losing in the trials.

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