According to Tracy police Lt. Wade Harper, police received a call at 8:15 p.m. for a robbery with shots fired at the bowling alley, 2365 East St.
During the robbery, Harper said, the victim allegedly struggled with the gunmen inside of his BMW 745i, which caused him to crash into a wall on the south side of the parking lot. As the men fought, one of the gunmen fired a gun, sending bullets through the vehicle’s windshield, Harper said.
The two alleged robbers are described as a Latino male and a black male, but no further description was available, Harper said. They were last seen running toward 22nd Street, where they jumped a fence.
Police were still searching for the two men as of 1 a.m. Friday.
Immediately after police received the call, officers surrounded the area and began a yard-to-yard search. Officers and two K-9 teams started on Holly Drive and moved east between 21st and 22nd streets.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter used a spotlight to help with the search.
After more than two hours of searching the area around the bowling alley, police called off the helicopter and dog teams.
“We didn’t find them,” Harper said.
Mark Sanders, who said he witnessed the alleged robbery, said one of the men was hanging onto the victim’s car as he tried to drive away.
“We were parking when we heard gunshots,” said Sanders, who was accompanied by his wife, Beth Sanders, and their two children, ages 4 and 6.
“I told the kids to get down,” he said. “Two guys were trying to take a car. They jumped into the back seat, and the guy tried to grab the gun. One guy was hanging on while the guy (victim) tried to get away.”
Beth Sanders said that in the aftermath, she ran into the bowling alley with her two children. The family was at the alley to meet friends.
“Pretty scary,” she said.
A security guard working at the bowling alley, who declined to give his name, said he heard the victim was planning to go into the Bowl at the time of the attempted robbery.
“I was inside the bar,” said the security guard. “People were saying there was an accident and I should check it out. I came outside and called 911.”
A crowd had gathered outside the front door of the bowling alley as a police crime-scene technician took pictures of the inside and outside of the victim’s car in the parking lot. Detectives were also seen talking to the victim as he stood outside a nearby police car.
Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call Tracy Police Department, 831-4550.
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