A Mountain View man received a gunshot to his thigh this afternoon when two men attempted to rob him of his wallet, the police department has just reported.
The victim has been transported to a local hospital where he will undergo surgery, according to Mountain View Police Department Spokeswoman Liz Wylie.
The suspects, a black male adult and a black or Hispanic male adult, fled without the wallet but instead with a pellet gun taken from the scene in a black sedan with a rear spoiler. They were last seen driving southbound on Del Medio Ave.
Wylie explained that at approximately 1:11 p.m. MVPD began to receive calls about a shooting on the 200 block of Del Medio Avenue. When the officers arrived they found the victim, a 53-year-old man with the gun shot wound, in front of his house on that block.
The victim told the officer that while he worked in his garage, the two alleged suspects approached him and demanded the his wallet. At the time the victim held a pellet gun.
"The victim refused to give it to them and a fight ensued. Both suspects attacked the victim," said Wylie. "One of the suspects shot the victim one time during the fight with a semi-automatic handgun."
The suspects have been described as a black male adult and a black or Hispanic male adult, possibly in their late teens or early 20s. They wore hooded jackets or sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up over their heads that partially covered their faces.
Anyone who has any information about this crime is encouraged to call the police department at 650-903-6344. Callers may remain anonymous.