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San Diego store clerk shoots robbery suspect

San Diego police
Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 17:23:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A 25-year-old has been arrested after being shot by a store clerk he was trying to rob, San Diego Police say.

According to police, Hector Lopez-Gastelum entered the La Michoacana store on the 700 block of Vesta Street around 10:40 a.m. on October 18 demanding cash. Police say Lopez-Gastelum was armed with a handgun.

After the clerk handed over the cash, the suspect reportedly demanded that a second register be opened.

“While Lopez-Gastelum was still in the store, the clerk shot him twice in the torso with his own handgun, which is legally owned,” police said.

The clerk then retrieved Lopez-Gastelum’s handgun and called 911. The suspect was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The suspect is also being investigated for his connection to several other robberies throughout the county, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego police at 619-531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.