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Black Friday shopper shot in botched robbery outside East Bay Walmart

SAN LEANDRO — A Black Friday shopper was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after he was shot by an armed robber in a crowded parking lot outside a Walmart store in Northern California, police said.

The victim and his family were walking to their car around 1:45 a.m. when they were confronted by a group of men who demanded their purchases.

When the family refused, a fight broke out, and one of the robbers pulled a gun and shot the man, San Leandro police Sgt. Mike Sobek said. The victim's name was not released.

"It looks like he's going to live," Sobek said. "The suspects saw these guys, got out of their car and tried to rob them but were unsuccessful."

During the fracas, other family members wrestled down one of the suspects, 20-year-old Tony Phillips, who was arrested by officers on suspicion of attempted homicide and attempted robbery, police said.


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