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Shots Fired By Alleged Shoplifters At Walmart In San Leandro

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As security officers tried to stop three shoplifters at a San Leandro Walmart store Sunday night, one of the suspects opened fire inside the store, a police lieutenant said today.

No one inside the store at 1919 Davis St. was injured by the gunfire and arriving police officers quickly apprehended two of the suspects, police Lt. Robert McManus said.

The suspects were spotted by the plainclothes security officers putting merchandise under their clothes at about 11:40 p.m., McManus said. As they tried to leave the store, the security guards confronted them.

A violent struggle broke out between the suspects and the security officers and one of the suspects pulled a gun from his waistband and fired multiple shots inside the store.

A San Leandro police officer heard the shots as he pulled into the Walmart parking lot. He ran inside and found the suspects still in a violent struggle with store security, McManus said.

Two of the suspects were apprehended, including the one who fired the shots, and the gun was recovered. The third suspect managed to escape.

One of the suspects suffered minor injuries in the struggle and was treated at a hospital, McManus said.

Police have not released the names of the suspects but said they are all men. McManus said investigators have identified a person of interest who may be the third suspect and are looking for him.

All three suspects could face attempted murder and attempted robbery charges, McManus said.

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