Man shot, wounded during attempted robbery in unincorporated Vista

Victim was walking dog outside apartment building

VISTA, Calif. - A 52-year-old man is recovering Monday after being shot and beaten while walking his dog in unincorporated Vista, by three men who got out of their car and demanded his money, according to a San Diego County sheriff's sergeant.

The incident was, in the 200 block of Smilax Road, was reported at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Nick Maryn.

The man was walking his dog when two of the three men got out of a black or dark green Honda and attacked him, Maryn said.

After the victim struggled with the two men, the third suspect exited the vehicle with a gun, according to Maryn. "The victim ran away from the suspects as shots were fired. One round struck the victim and he fell to the ground," he said.

The suspects walked up to the fallen victim and one suspect struck him in the face, Maryn said. Then the suspects grabbed his cellphone and took off in the Honda, according to Maryn.

The victim was transported to Palomar Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the sergeant said.

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