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Markley’s Gun Range on Vic Rugh Lane in Watsonville man shot in leg in attempted robbery of his gun

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A Santa Cruz man was shot in the leg and injured outside of a Watsonville gun range this afternoon when a suspect attempted to rob him and his father-in-law of their gun, according to police. The victims, a 38-year-old Santa Cruz man and his 46-year-old father-in-law, were just leaving Markley’s Gun Range on Vic Rugh Lane at Blanca Lane just after 2 p.m. when the robbery occurred, according to police.

After locking their weapon in the trunk of their car, the two were approached by a man wearing a bandanna over his face and armed with a handgun. The suspect allegedly demanded their weapon, and the father-in-law grabbed the suspect’s gun and struggled with him, police said. The younger victim began to run south on Vic Rugh Lane, and the suspect broke free and chased him, allegedly firing at the man multiple times, police said.

One of the bullets struck the victim’s leg. A black or dark green Acura picked up the suspect on Vic Rugh Lane and fled the scene toward Freedom Boulevard from Gardener Avenue, police said. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hat and a black and white bandanna.

The suspect vehicle was described as being black or dark green, with a model year between 1988 and 1992. The body was in poor condition, and the rear window had a tint that was bubbling. The driver was a Hispanic male adult, 28-32 years old. The victim was flown to a trauma center for treatment, but his wound was not considered life threatening.

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