‘Ogling’ Over Girlfriend Sparks 7-Eleven Shooting: 1 Jailed, 1 in Critical Condition

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Updated at 2:50 p.m. July 18, 2017

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One young man was in critical condition in a hospital Tuesday and another was behind bars following a shooting that stemmed from a dispute over a woman at a Bay Park convenience store, authorities reported.

The victim and his girlfriend were walking up to the 7-Eleven in the 3000 block of Clairemont Drive about 11:30 p.m. Monday when they encountered 18- year-old Benjamin Robert Hernandez, who was outside the business charging his cellphone, according to San Diego police.

Believing that Hernandez was ogling his girlfriend as she entered the store, the victim, also 18, stopped and angrily confronted him, said Officer John Buttle.

Hernandez responded by suggesting that they could go behind the store and settle the dispute with a fight. Moments later, the woman emerged from the market, and she and her boyfriend walked away.

Hernandez followed the couple to a nearby parking lot and confronted the other man again, then allegedly pulled a pistol out of his backpack and shot him in the chest.

The victim fled along with his girlfriend for a short distance before collapsing, Buttle said. Medics took him to a trauma center for treatment of a life-threatening bullet wound, police said.

The suspect also ran off following the gunfire. With help from personnel aboard a law enforcement helicopter, patrol officers chased him down and took him into custody just before midnight on Dakota Drive, about four blocks north of the site of the shooting.

Hernandez was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

— City News Service

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