Robber shoots man in leg

Pellet gun stolen in hold up on Del Medio Ave.

A local man was shot in the leg with a handgun and robbed of his pellet gun June 27, police said.

The victim, who was taken to a local hospital for surgery, told police that he was in his driveway, located in the 200 block of Del Medio Avenue in Mountain View, when he was approached by two men who demanded his wallet at about 1:10 p.m., according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie.

The 53-year-old Mountain View man refused to give the robbers his wallet, and both men attacked him, Wylie said. During the fight, one of the assailants shot the victim once in the thigh with what police called a semi-automatic handgun.

The bullet went all the way through his thigh, Wylie said. At the time of publication, she was unaware of the man's condition. She referred to his wound as a "serious injury."

The robbers did not take the man's wallet. However, they did steal a pellet gun, which the victim was holding at the time of the robbery, Wylie said. Apparently, the man was walking out of his garage with a pellet gun to shoot at a bird that was pestering him when he was approached by the robbers.

The robbers, described as a black male and Hispanic male in their late teens or early 20s, fled in black sedan with a rear spoiler. They were last seen driving south on Del Medio Avenue.


Posted by Bogaigh, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

This is all upside for the bird.

Posted by Perez, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

I wonder if they are the same people robbing us over on Rock Street in between Independence and Rengstorff? 4 incidents in 2 weeks. And we have a policeman at the end of our block!! What's going on, Mountain View?

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

It's called Karma. That's what you get for trying to shoot a defenseless bird minding its business. Is that even legal? The shooting victim should be prosecuted as well.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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Posted by Bogaigh, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Epitaphs like "rest in peace"?

Posted by Chupacabra, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

"what police called a semi-automatic handgun."
And what might others call it?

This whole thing sounds rather unlikely. He just strolled out the door with a pellet gun to shoot at a bird, just as these two thugs happened by?
Come on. If you buy that, have I got a used car for you!

Posted by Thom, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Takes a pellet gun out in plain sight to shoot a bird? Where's the neighbors? Or is this a part of town where "snitches get stitches"?

Bird - 1
Everyone else - 0

Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

The Eye is a registered user.

Sounds like there's a different story underneath here. Two men confront one other man, both with guns. One man pulls out a pellet gun, and the other one of a pair of men ups the ante with a real one, shoots, and committing a robbery into the bargain. What is the history of all the people involved, is what I'd like to know.

Posted by B, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Whats going on with Mt view? Black and Hispanic kids are violating civilized citizens right to live peacefully. Just look at the pathetic views from the liberals in these posts, justifying armed robbery and attempted murder because of the bird. That is the attitude and denial that will ultimately lead to more uncivilized behavior. Fight the problem!!

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

The scenario sounds awfully suspicious, drug deal gone bad?

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm

This story is a load of BS. Who shoots birds with pellet guns in Mountain View? That clown ought to be waterboarded until he tells the truth. It's legal under the PATRIOT Act. Just do it.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Wow - Mountain View conservatives seem to be very racists, based on the posts here.

I hope the conservatives can join the civilized world at some point!

Fight the hate!

Posted by B, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

Way to tell em Sal! I guess your suggesting that Mountain View conservatives celebrate the youth who are committing most of the violent crime? By covering up the the problem and avoiding the discussion will we fix the problems that are prevalent in these communities? Oh no, I guess its easier to label anyone who stands up for their community as a racist. Keep your hate out of our neighborhoods, how about that!!!!

Posted by Annoyed, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

@ B,

When someone says, "Black and Hispanic kids are violating civilized citizens right to live peacefully." - that's racist. We don't need your permission to make this determination.

And I can't help but notice how many of you ranters don't know the difference between your and you're. Learn that and I'll take your posts more seriously.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

B -

Nope, people who commit crimes should be dealt with according to the law. Are you suggesting we become lawless?

You're not discussing, you're making uninformed statements.

It seems you have enough hate for everyone.

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by B, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 4, 2011 at 9:41 am


Do you think Nortenos and Sorenos are non-racist? I pay taxes and live a peaceful existence, accepting people from all races and walks of life into my home. Perhaps I loaded my initial statement in a manner that was inappropriate, but to ignore the fact that a disproportional amount of violent crime is coming from these communities is irresponsible. Do you think we should adopt ineffective procedures like the TSA, groping little old ladies, while allowing men from hostile nations to slip through the cracks? I for one believe that we need to focus more attention on prevention in specific communities. Look at violent crime statistics in proportion to racial makeup of neighborhoods across the whole USA, I guess this data should be ignored?

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