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A man was shot during a robbery behind an elementary school in Pleasant Hill on Saturday night when he struggled with the attackers, police said. Lt. Jose Delatorre said the 20-year-old man was walking with three juvenile males in a field behind Strandwood Elementary School at 416 Gladys Drive at 7:21 p.m. when they were approached by three men.
Delatorre said he could not disclose the ages of the other three victims, but that they were under 18-years-old.The three robbers, who are approximately 20- to 25-years-old, robbed the four victims at gunpoint. Two of the three men were carrying guns, Delatorre said. The man resisted the suspects and was shot once in the upper torso in a struggle, Delatorre said.
The suspects fled back toward the school on foot, and when police arrived they made an extensive check of the area around the school and the surrounding yards. Pleasant Hill police received assistance from the Martinez Police Department and the Contra Costa County air unit, but did not locate the suspects. The shooting victim was transported to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek in critical condition.
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