Shooting victim walks 5 blocks to find help at store

SAPD: Victim shot by 2 men who demanded car

A 39-year-old man who told San Antonio police he was shot by a pair of carjackers walked five blocks to an East side convenience store to get help.

Police said the man was grazed by the bullet and suffered a non-life threatening injury.

He told officers two men approached him around 10 p.m. Monday in the 2100 block of Virginia Boulevard and ordered him to give up his car.

At some point, a gun went off, wounding him, police said at the scene.

The 39-year-old victim then made his way to a convenience store in the 900 block of Porter Street where he asked for help.

"It amazes me that he ran this far," said a store clerk who identified himself as Bruce. "I sat him right here and I called 911."

He said he, at first, thought the victim, whom he recognized as one of his regular customers, was having a heart attack.

"I didn't even know he was shot until the ambulance got here. But the bullet hit him and grazed him. It didn't go in him so he was ok," Bruce said.

Officers collected information from the victim at the store before he was taken to a hospital.

They also spent time collecting evidence at the scene where the shooting happened.

The carjackers were gone by the time police arrived.

"Bruce," meanwhile, said this is the second unusual event at his store this week.

On Sunday night, would-be ATM thieves cut a big hole in the store's outside wall in an unsuccessful attempt to steal the money machine.

Although it has been boarded up since then, that hole in the wall is still visible.

"Strange things happen here on this side of town," he said.

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