The older of two shoplifting suspects opened fire on Walmart store security guards trying to detain them Sunday night and was injured in a subsequent struggle, San Leandro police said today. No one inside the store at 1919 Davis St. was injured by the gunfire and arriving police officers quickly apprehended the two suspects, San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said.
The suspects, two San Leandro men ages 18 and 39, were spotted by the plainclothes security officers putting merchandise under their clothes at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, McManus said. As they left the front door, the security guards confronted them and asked them to step back inside. But while walking back inside, the older of the two suspects, who police said is a convicted felon, tried to escape.
The security guards grabbed the two men, but a violent struggle broke out between the suspects and the security officers and the older man pulled a gun from his waistband and fired multiple shots towards the guards, police said. A San Leandro police officer heard the shots as he pulled into the Walmart parking lot. He ran inside and found the suspects and the security guards struggling over the gun, McManus said.
The arriving officers then arrested the two suspects. Investigators found the suspects’ car in the Walmart parking lot and searched it, finding a loaded high-caliber handgun, police said. Police are looking into whether the two recovered guns were stolen. The older suspect was injured in the fight and was taken to a hospital where he remains in stable condition under police guard.
The younger one was booked into jail under suspicion of attempted robbery, attempted murder, and firearm-related crimes. They are expected to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court later this week, police said. McManus said at a news conference this morning that police were looking for a third suspect who was reported to have fled back inside the store but later determined that was not the case. The names of the two suspects in custody were not immediately available.
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