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Church leader shot in suspected robbery [Updated]

September 16, 2009 |  8:46 am

A church leader was shot during a suspected robbery outside his Riverside County parish Tuesday night, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Just before 10 p.m., Antonio Garduno heard a noise in the courtyard of Our Lady of Tepeyac, which is in an unincorporated area of the county, authorities said. When he went outside to investigate, he encountered four juveniles and was shot. The four fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

Garduno was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

[Updated at 3:28 p.m.: A previous version of this story identified Antonio Garduno as a Catholic bishop. His church is not part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino.]