One shoplifting suspect has been charged with attempted murder and another has been charged with robbery for a shooting at a Walmart store in San Leandro on Sunday night, police said. No one inside the store at 1919 Davis St. was injured by the gunfire in the incident, which began at about 11:40 p.m. on Sunday when plainclothes security officers spotted the two suspects, who live together in San Leandro, putting merchandise under their clothes, San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus said.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged 39-year-old Oscar Cruz with attempted murder, robbery using a firearm and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, McManus said. Edward Lovato, 18, was charged with robbery using a firearm, according to McManus.
The two men were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward today and are scheduled to return to court on Wednesday morning to possibly enter pleas. Cruz is being held without bail and Lovato is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail. McManus said Cruz was on probation for a domestic violence conviction and has a criminal history that includes felony convictions for various crimes.
He said Lovato also has a criminal record and has a pending court case in a separate matter involving an auto theft and possession of stolen property arrest last Thursday. Lovato was released from jail on that case on Friday. McManus said that as Cruz and Lovato left the front door at Walmart on Sunday night the security guards who had spotted them confronted them and asked them to step back inside.
But while they were walking back inside, Cruz tried to escape, according to police. The security guards grabbed the two men, but a violent struggle broke out between the suspects and the security officers and Cruz pulled a gun from his waistband then 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 Cruz and Lovato. 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.
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