Wednesday, December 05, 2012

CA:Santa Cruz man shot in leg during attempted robbery outside gun shop

WATSONVILLE - A Santa Cruz man was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery outside Markley's Indoor Range and Gun Shop Sunday afternoon, police said.

The 38-year-old victim was with his father-in-law when the two left the range about 2 p.m., after some recreational shooting, and had secured their firearm as required, Sgt. Brian Ridgway said.

They put the gun in the trunk of their car and were about to get in the car when a man walked up, armed with a handgun and wearing a bandana over his face, and demanded their weapon, Ridgway said.

The father-in-law, who is 46, grabbed the suspect's gun and struggled with him momentarily and the younger man began running south on Vic Rugh Lane, he said.

The suspect broke free and chased him, firing several shots and striking him once in the leg, Ridgway said.

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