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Clarence Wright suspect in trying to rob Variedades Cellular in San Rafael arrested double shooting in Seattle

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A Vallejo man suspected of shooting at the employees of a San Rafael cellphone store during an attempted robbery in January was arrested in Washington for shooting a father and son, San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said this afternoon. Clarence Herman Wright, 35, was arrested Monday for the double shooting in Tukwila, near Seattle, Rohrbacher said.

He is not expected to be returned to the Bay Area until after his prosecution in Washington is completed. Wright is suspected of trying to rob Variedades Cellular at 26 Medway Road in San Rafael on Jan. 19. He brandished a handgun, demanded money and fired shots toward three employees, narrowly missing one of them, as they fled to a back room with bulletproof glass, Rohrbacher said.

A store video of the attempted robbery and shooting was widely distributed to the media and led to good leads and tips from the public. Wright was eventually identified as the suspect, and San Rafael police issued a $2 million warrant for his arrest for attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon, Rohrbacher said. Police in Tukwila learned Wright was wanted in San Rafael and contacted police Tuesday, Rohrbacher said.

Wright allegedly shot a father and his 20-year-old son at a residence in Tukwila. Their injuries are not life threatening, Rohrbacher said. Wright was arrested Monday, and once in custody, Tukwila police learned he suffered a gunshot wound in the shoulder during the shooting, Rohrbacher said. He was treated at a hospital and is being held under $4 million bail in the King County Jail, Rohrbacher said.

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