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Shooting outside Wal-Mart tied to robbery crew targeting shoppers

November 26, 2011 |  9:02 am


Police said a shooting Friday outside a Wal-Mart in the Bay Area was sparked by a group of robbers trying to steal merchandise from shoppers.

Three or four suspects pulled up next to three to four shoppers standing near their car in the parking lot around 1:05 a.m., said Sgt. Mike Sobek of the San Leandro Police Department.

The suspects demanded  merchandise, and when the victims refused to hand it over, one suspect opened fire.

The shoppers who were not wounded detained one of the suspects for police, Sobek told The Times.

Later Friday, police announced that a suspect, Tony Phillips, 20, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and attempted robbery.

The other suspects fled the scene, police told the San Jose Mercury News.


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Photo: Shooting scene outside San Leandro Wal-Mart. Credit: Associated Press