A man who tried to hold up a taco shop in San Carlos was shot by the shop's owner, police said Saturday.
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The shooting at Cotija Taco Shop on Navajo Road near Golfcrest Drive was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.
Police said the attempted robbery suspect entered the taco shop carrying a handgun. He approached the clerk at the counter and demanded cash. The taco shop's owner who was in the shop at the time heard the commotion, armed himself and confronted the man, according to police. Police said when the man pointed his gun at the owner, the owner shot him.
The attempted robbery suspect then ran through the parking lot to a waiting car, which was last seen driving southbound on Golfcrest Drive. Witnesses described the suspect as a black man who was wearing jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a bandana to cover his face.
The restaurant owner told 10News that the business which had a window shattered by a bullet had been robbed several times in the last few years.
At about 9:11 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man who had been shot and was in need of medical attention. Citizens in the 4100 block of 40th Street reported finding a man staggering along the sidewalk who told them he had been shot. Paramedics soon arrived and transported the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate both incidents to determine if they are related. Witnesses described the attempted robbery suspect and the shooting victim as having similar physical features.
The shooting victim's identity has not been released.
Police asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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