SAN DIEGO - A Midtown man was in custody on Tuesday for allegedly opening fire on a belligerent suspected shoplifter outside a neighborhood convenience store at a gas station, leaving him hospitalized but expected to survive.
Antonio Serrano Barragan, 28, heard a commotion at the business near his home shortly after 11 p.m. Monday and responded by grabbing a pistol and running over to see what was going on, according to San Diego police.
Barragan arrived at the market in the 3000 block of Reynard Way to find a transient pounding on the front door, SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros said.
During an ensuing confrontation, Barragan allegedly opened fire.
Medics took the wounded 29-year-old man, whose name was not released, to a trauma center for treatment of an apparently non-life-threatening gunshot to his upper body. 10News learned the man was shot in the arm.
A clerk at the store told officers he had ejected the victim for shoplifting and creating a disturbance, and then locked him out.
Though Barragan claimed to have opened fire when the agitated man charged him, officers arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail early Tuesday and was being held on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.