The driver of a black C5 Corvette convertible is recovering from a gunshot wound after a robbery in a discount grocery store parking lot in California this week.
Stockton Police say the 19-year-old driver was in the Corvette at the Food-4-Less parking lot when an armed robber with a gun walked up and demanded property, then wound up shooting the driver once before leaving in a vehicle waiting nearby.
The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of West Hammer Lane near Lower Sacramento Road. After being shot, the man was still able to drive and exited the parking lot onto Hammer Lane, hitting the median about 100 feet east of Lower Sacramento Road.
Police say the driver was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury.
Photos from the scene show the Corvette pointing west in Hammer Lane’s eastbound lanes near the media, its top still down and the driver’s side sitting lower, apparently due to damage caused by striking the median. Blood-stained bandages still remained on the road near the crash site.
Police blocked off all lanes for several hours on Hammer from Lower Sacramento to about Etna Street while investigating the incident. They also were spotted searching the northeast corner of the Food-4-Less parking lot and talking to the driver of a red Chevy truck next to the Corvette. Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Joseph Silva later said the pickup wasn’t involved in the robbery.
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