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The owner of a business on 16th Street was shot in the face Friday afternoon and is being treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.
“It was gross,” said Sera Macseng, the owner of 16th Street Donuts. “I have never seen anything live like that.”
According to Macseng, the owner of the pawn shop came out holding a gun and walking in a daze with blood covering half of his face.
The business – La Paloma Cash and Gold, at 523 16th Street – is adjacent to a strip mall on F Street. Police say the incident started as a robbery and quickly escalated, and that the victim returned gunfire either at the suspect and/or a car.
One witness, Elias Rodriguez, said two Hispanic men came into the business to rob the man. The owner was shot in the mouth, and the bullet went through his cheek.
A customer, Lowell Dunlap, described the owner and victim – Jesse – as a nice and honest man, though Dunlap added that he knew Jesse kept a gun on him.
"Right now, you see why," said Dunlap. "Just this time yesterday me and him were shooting the bull. Chances are he's gonna close and leave town."
Another customer, Gabriel Bursiaga, said he was on his way to the shop when he came upon a scene of police and media. "That's messed up that he got shot – he was nice to me," Bursiaga said. "I'm glad I didn't get here earlier, I might have gotten shot."
Police are looking for the suspects, described as two Hispanic men in their 20s, and the vehicle – a 2000 Chevy Impala that may have damage to the rear window or right-side windows due to returned gunfire. The Impala also has a black bumper.
"We believe the motive was an armed robbery to the business," Sacramento Police Department Spokesman Doug Morse said.
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