During the early morning Black Friday rush in the East Bay suburbs, a family of eager shoppers was held up at gunpoint in the parking lot of a San Leandro Wal-Mart. Reports say the multiple suspects were not fellow shoppers, but they were definitely looking for a deep discount when they approached the victims emerging from the big box retailer with their holiday haul just before 2 a.m. this morning.
When the victims refused to hand over their goods to the attackers, one suspect pulled a gun and shot the male victim. Members of the injured man's family took down one of the suspects while a second quickly made himself scarce. The gunshot victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical, but stable condition.
San Leandro Police, who were already in the area, arrested the first suspect, a man in his twenties. Police have yet to determine whether the detained suspect was the shooter. Meanwhile, Sgt. Mike Sobek offered a piece of holiday advice should a similar situation arise in these hectic shopping days ahead, saying: "Give them what they want. Property is a lot less valuable than your life... Some people forget about that."
ABC7 Has the video report from the scene this morning: