Oceanside, California

From Escondido’s North County Times of June 24, 2007

Oceanside clerks shoot would-be robber

A man who allegedly attempted to hold up an Oceanside liquor store Saturday night was shot by a clerk, police said Sunday.

The attempted robbery was reported at 9:42 p.m., when a gunman —- described only as a white man —- entered Big Liquor in the 600 block of Redondo Drive and demanded cash, Lt. Lee Steitz said.

One employee “managed to start grappling with the suspect,” while the other took out a gun and shot the suspect several times, Steitz said.

The suspect ran out of the store and collapsed from his injuries, the lieutenant said. Neither employee was hurt.

The suspect was taken by medical helicopter to a local trauma center for treatment and is expected to survive, Steitz said. Both the suspect and his weapon are in police custody.

An investigation is ongoing.

From SignOnSanDiego.com of June 25, 2007

Liquor store clerk wounds gunman during robbery attempt

A liquor store clerk shot and wounded a gunman during an attempted armed robbery on Saturday evening.

Police were called to the Big Liquor store on North Redondo Drive near North River Road at 9:42 p.m. Police said they believe the clerk shot the robber after he entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Marine lance corporal, was found around a block from the crime scene, where he had collapsed as a result of his wounds. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he was transported by air ambulance to a local trauma center for treatment.

Detectives are trying to piece together whether the crime is linked to eight other hold-ups at liquor stores in the city.

A sad development.

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