Three people were arrested after an ice cream vendor was shot in Oakland Sunday afternoon, a police spokesman said.
The victim, a 49-year-old man, was approached by another man, a teenage boy and a teenage girl. The trio initially asked the victim for ice cream, but then demanded money from him and the man took out a gun, according to Thomason.
The victim tried to defend himself and was shot during a struggle. He was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound near his spine and was in critical condition earlier this week, Thomason said.
As of today, his condition had improved to stable.
After the shooting, the three suspects fled on foot to a nearby park. Witnesses helped police identify the trio and they were taken into custody a short time later, Thomason said.
All three were questioned by investigators and admitted to their involvement in the shooting, he said.
Otis Crawford, 21, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The teenage boy and girl, both 17, were booked into juvenile hall on similar charges, Thomason said.