Men Robbed, One Shot Leaving Gun Range

The brazen attack occurred in broad daylight Sunday.

Two Santa Cruz men who had just finished recreational shooting at Markley’s Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Watsonville were robbed at gunpoint by a masked man Sunday afternoon, police reported.

One of the men, a 38-year-old, was shot in the leg when he tried to flee the holdup. Police said his injury was not life-threatening.

The broad daylight armed robbery occurred around 2:11 p.m. on Blanca Lane near Vic Rugh Lane, off Freedom Boulevard. The men, a 46-year-old and his son-in-law, were locking their gun in the truck of their car when the robber approached and pointed a handgun at them, according to police.

The robber, who covered his face with a bandanna, demanded their weapon. The father grabbed the robber's gun and struggled with him while his son-in-law ran but the gunman broke free and chased the younger man. He fired several shots at the son-in-law, striking him once in the leg, police said.

The younger man's wound was not life threatening but he was flown to a Bay Area trauma center due to the severity of the wound, police said.

After the shooting, the gunman jumped into a waiting black or dark green Acura, which drove away on Gardener Avenue toward Freedom. The car was likely a 1988-92, with poor body condition and a back window with tint that was bubbling. The driver was about 28 to 32 years old; the gunman was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds wearing a hat and a black and white bandanna, according to police.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the robbery and shooting call the Crime Tip line at 728-3544 or the Investigation Bureau at 768-3352.

David H. Perez December 03, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I love to go shooting at Markley's, but I am very vigilant when I go to and from their building from my car while carrying my guns. I have been cautious of something like this happening, with all of the thugs walking around that area and the mobile home park across the street. While honest people like myself follow the law and do not leave the building with a loaded gun, it is a shame we make ourselves vulnerable to the human waste that does not care about the law, nor people's lives.
Gen Grevious December 03, 2012 at 02:27 AM
How dare that stupid guy run away when given a order by a gang member. Whe you are approached and given orders by a gang member you must comply or be prepared to face the consequences. This is a gang run town. The Police are not effective. Soon we will be paying taxes directly to the Norteños.
Chris Jordan December 03, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Markleys gun range has been excellent in Watsonville for many years for me. Sad that time and moods are changing there. Sure wish they would return somewhere in Scotts Valley near here they were or near the old range in Santa Cruz. Maybe right by Coral Street.
Doc December 03, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Gang members can kiss my behind. My guns are bigger than theirs.
Clean Harry December 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@ doc - for every gun you have they have ten and the body's to pull the trigger. Do you carry 24/7? Are you awake 24/7? They are.
Clean Harry December 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It very clear who controls the streets of Watsonville. Bullet proof vests would make a good Christmas present for all ages.
Old Timer December 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM
CCWs for law abiding citizens would be even better.
Dog Sitter5000 December 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
@Ray - there are thousands of gang bangers carrying guns in the streets of Watsonville. At times it feels like the wild west when someone pulls a gun then 10 more pop out. You can CC all you want but you are out numbered and out gunned. I place of pulling your CC it might be better to duck and cover.
Dog Sitter5000 December 03, 2012 at 10:03 PM
@ Doc - My boyfriend watched while two kids shot a dog to death on Freedom Blvd. the other night and he tells me they were viscus about it making the dog suffer while they reload a couple of times. You might have a bigger gun but they have you out manned and out meaned.
Adrian December 04, 2012 at 01:02 AM
These cocaroches are cowards thats y thay run in packs.cops must fumigate them
Cathy P. December 04, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@Dog Sitter5000: did your boyfriend report the dog-killing incident to the police? If not, you and he are just part of the continuing problem.
Carrie LaBlank December 04, 2012 at 10:22 PM
@Cathy P. - when you call 911 about a dog related matter you get your ear chewed off as they only want to hear about people crimes. Once the crewing out is over they send you to someones voicemail over at critter control who never calls you back. That's why people don't call 911.
Erik Royce December 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
If law-abiding gun owners were not denied their right to carry conceal or openly in California, this might not happen. Shame on Sheriffs who deny carry licenses.
El Bang Bang December 05, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Lots of people carry in Watsonville and I'll bet none of them have a CCP.
El Bang Bang December 05, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I called he cops hen we saw some kids dragging a cat behind their car this summer and we were told to get the license plate and call the county animal control on Monday. Poor Kitty.
Brian December 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
when i drive through watsonville its hard not to notice all the loud annoying illegally modified cars, cars using white lights which are illegall, tinted windows etc. cars making strange annoying sounds. cars with loud annoying modified tail pipes. Ive been all over california and have never seen anything like it.
David H. Perez December 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM
@Erik Royce - I agree with you 100%.
mmmmmmm hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm December 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
It's not as bad as Salinas so your racist.
mmmmmmm hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm December 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
If there were no racists there would be no guns
Dan December 05, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Don't run! You need to stand your ground, let gangs run your life you will run forever. They don't like poeple standing up to them, they move on.
Mayor Brown December 05, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Just stand there and let them get a better shot at ya!
Mayor Brown December 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The Police do not have time to deal with minor stuff.
One Truth January 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
anyone even willing to consider that making guns and ammo harder to come by is a step in the right direction?
SnkEpete February 13, 2013 at 01:37 AM
@ one truth, do you think that criminals use weapon's that they legally purchased and registered in their name......... You stupid, dumb, ignorant idiot, most come from people who get robbed because of their own weapon's because of hard to get CCW's....... The law abiding citizens can not protect themselves from criminals, unless The criminal is willingly going to wait for the victims to unlock, load his or her weapon and then say ready!!!!!!!!! The united States is not the only country that makes weapon's.... And if drugs cannot be stopped at our borders, what makes people think they can stop criminals from bringing gun supplies in while the law abiding citizens are stripped of their rights and can no longer own a weapon for self defense....... dumbassssssss!
mss March 09, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Indoor ranges usually have a back wall with a sloped earthen berm or bank, with reinforced baffles additionally situated along the roof and side walls. Ranges with proper ventilation pull smoke and lead particles away from the shooting line and discharge them from the building to reduce potential lead poisoning. Thanks. Regards, http://youtu.be/7m7QEilKvRk | green coffee bean extract
mark chandler July 19, 2013 at 05:29 PM
since the WPD only hires from Watsonville ... the cops did not even try to solve this case.


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