Store clerk fights off robber, gets shot in South Bay

SAN DIEGO -- A man went into a store, demanded money and shot a clerk at a liquor store before escaping in the South Bay Sunday evening, police said.

The man allegedly walked into Beyer Liquor on Beyer Way in Otay Mesa West and threatened the clerk with a large-caliber, semi-automatic handgun, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown said. The clerk refused and a struggle broke out between the two, with the suspect shooting the clerk in the hand before running away.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The search for the gunman continued Monday. Officers were interviewing multiple witnesses, some of whom believed the man left in a black Audi. Others thought they saw the man run onto the campus of nearby Howard Pence Elementary School. Officers were searching the campus with police dogs and with a helicopter.

Brown described the gunman as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 6-feet tall and around 200 pounds with a muscular build, wearing a white, long-sleeve t-shirt. The lieutenant added the man was wearing a red bandana across his face at the time of the robbery.

Brown said the robber did not make away with any cash after the fight, "There was no loss ... other than the loss of blood."

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the San Diego Police Department or to contact San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.