Update: Suspect in Black Friday Walmart Shooting Identified as Oakland Man

Police arrested a 20-year-old Oakland man on charges of attempted homicide and robbery. Victim in critical but stable condition.

A 20-year-old Oakland man was named as one of several suspects in a shooting that happened during a  robbery in a  store parking lot in San Leandro. 

Police arrived at the scene at 15555 Hesperian Boulevard at around 1:50 a.m. and found a man had been shot, and his family members had detained a suspect, who police identified Friday afternoon as Tony Phillips of Oakland.

San Leandro Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Sobek said Phillips was arrested on charges of attempted homicide and attempted robbery. Police say Phillips lives on the 500 block of 48th Street in Oakland.

Sobek said police continue to search for accomplices. Phillips will be taken to Santa Rita Jail after being treated for injuries sustained while he was being subdued by the victim's family.

San Leandro police have released a booking photo of Phillips.

According to a report on KTVU, three suspects in a black vehicle pulled their car behind the victim's car, a red Volvo, and blocked it in, then tried to rob him.

When the shoppers refused to give up their purchases, one of them was shot. According to the KTVU report, the victim and his companions went after the suspects but two got away.

The Hesperian Boulevard Walmart listed its doors opening Thursday night at 10 p.m. for early Black Friday shopping and deals. 

Sobek has described the incident as a "robbery gone bad."

Walmart parking lot entrances were reportedly blocked by numerous police cars at 4 a.m. after the shooting, a clerk said from the across the street.

An employee at a nearby , which opened at midnight, said Walmart closed right after the shooting. He said a few Walmart employees stopped by while waiting for it to reopen.

According to posts on Twitter, as of 7:30 a.m. the store had been reopened, but many shoppers who were there earlier were unable to retrieve their cars because part of the parking lot was blocked off. It appears to have been reopened.

Hilda Campos from Oakland arrived at the store around 4:30 a.m. to do some shopping with her family. However, after waiting three hours for the store to reopen and seeing the aftermath of the incident, she told Patch she was no longer interested in shopping.

"We're a little afraid at what happened," Campos said. "We thought getting a later start would be safer, but look what happened."

Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter said the company was aware of the shooting in San Leandro.

“Our prayers go with the victim of this senseless act of violence,” he said.

Rossiter said Walmart was cooperating with the police investigation. He was not sure whether the store had any surveillance video of the scene.

The San Leandro shooting has become part of an unfortunate national pattern of Black Friday violence this holiday season.

In a similar incident in Florida, a woman was shot and a man hit in the head with a gun during an attempted robbery at a Walmart.

According to news reports, a Myrtle Beach, Florida, woman was confronted near her car in the store parking lot around 1 a.m. and ended up getting shot in the foot.

In an even more bizzare incident, at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, a woman at a Walmart in the San Fernando Valley used pepper spray to drive away other shoppers trying to reach Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games during an early-bird sale.

Police on the scene called it a "competitive shopping" incident.

At least 20 people were taken to a hospital, according to a Los Angeles County fire department official.

CNN reports that Black Friday violence also flared up in South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Alabama and Connecticut, with most of the reported incidents happening at or near Walmart stores.

CNN interviewed psychologist Jeff Gardere, who put some of the blame on retailers for staging sales that encourage frenzied shopping.

"They shouldn't be psyching them up so much and using all sorts of psychological tactics to get them to feed into this desperation and competitive spirit," Gardere told CNN.

In one 2008 tragedy that gained national attention, a Walmart security guard was trampled to death in a store in Long Island, NY, and four other people, including an 8-month pregnant woman, were hospitalized.

Rossiter said that with few exceptions this year as in years past, Black Friday sales have proceeded without trouble at thousands of stores nationwide.

He said Walmart has worked with nationally recognized crowd control experts to ensure customer and worker safety inside and outside of stores.

Late night sales, he said, came in response to patron surveys.

“Our customers have told us they would prefer stay up late on Thanksgiving to shop rather than get up the next morning,” he said.

Analisa Harangozo and Bay City News contributed to this report.

Tim November 26, 2011 at 03:38 AM
While I condone neither, I see a huge difference between some idiot pushing and shoving or using pepper spray to get to one of the five deeply discounted tv's which he is presumably paying for and the armed criminal robbing someone of their purchases.
Barry Kane November 26, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Sad...San Leandro has made it into the international press (BBC) for this incident. Great image builder for this city, once again.
Hali November 26, 2011 at 04:16 AM
Oakland has an unending supply of thugs.
Hali November 26, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Have you guys seen the video of a mob in Walmart to get a $2 waffle maker? That was so pathetic and sad. That waffle maker is made in China. Who knows how little they spend to make it if they are selling it here for two bucks and still getting a profit. Here it is if you want to see it. http://www.wbtv.com/story/16120690/caught-on-tape-riot-over-2-waffle-maker-in-walmart
Capwhan November 26, 2011 at 08:44 AM
Black Friday sure brings the best out in people. It should be their money that it brings out and not them being savages.
liephman88 November 26, 2011 at 09:53 AM
A walMart rep said they are aware of the shooting but re-assures their stock holders will still clear a good profit for this forth quarter. Merry Christmas
ray5659 November 26, 2011 at 01:34 PM
some folks think that they will take the easy way out.rob with any means to get what they want,except working for it!no regards for the other people and their families.hope they all get caught and have a merry christmas and a lot more holidays in jail!
Vicki McKnight LaBarge November 26, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Watch the documentary The High Cost of Low Price. It will open your eyes about Wal-Mart. Stop shopping at Wal-Mart and start demanding products that are manufactured here in the US. Yep we might pay more, but guess what, we will also put millions of Americans back to work.
Bemused November 26, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Without Walmart and without it being Black Friday how many crimes occur on any given day? I think if, the stats are compared crime will have dramatically reduced on Black Thursday and Friday over any other day. Neither Walmart nor the date have anything to do with this. Thugs will be thugs, they just chose a location frequented by crowds, the greater the crowd the greater chance of finding a vulnerable victim and the less chance of being caught. It's simple math.
Leah Hall November 26, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Perhaps so. It's also simple marketing... Black Friday, the Anti-Holiday. Walmart, the UnLocal Business-Ola.
Hali November 26, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I have Netflix and it didn't bring any results on that documentary. I would like to watch it. Is the title correct?
Hali November 26, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Don't forget cyber Monday!
Marty November 26, 2011 at 07:42 PM
People are foolish, low prices will continue to be available and the products will continue to be stocked on the shelves. The best time to shop for bargains at any store is the day before Christmas. Prices may even drop to 50% below the prices they start out at on Black Friday. No, I have never entertained the thought of putting myself through the Black Friday Maddness, nor will I ever. Nothing is that important in life. The only midnight outing I make, is midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Giving thanks to GOD for his Birthday, my life, my faith, and to pray for world peace. I don't shop to give gifts for Christmas, I cook, I give my time, and I appreciate having a great meal together. If I take advantage of Dec. 23/34 shopping it is for items that I can give for Birthdays, that I can use, etc. Gifts on Xmas are supposed to be gifts of "oneself" to show compassion for others. It has really taken on an entirely different meaning, which is sad that the children of today will never know what the true meaning of Christmas is. How many of these same Black Friday shoppers actually attend Church for Christmas? Someone should take a poll....just to show what a circus this has become.
Marty November 26, 2011 at 07:57 PM
As for the thugs and crime. It has escalated to the point that we have to watch our backs when pumping gas, a female on the road alone, going out to run an errand, etc., you never know who is lerking. Wrong place, right time for a thug. It has become necessary to step up martial arts training and taking shooting lessons at the range, and carrying a concealed firearm. I much rather get in trouble for carrying the gun, than to allow myself to be at the mercy of a "thug" who does have his gun for all the "wrong" reasons. Spend your money on martial arts training and buy a gun, forget about those foolish purchases. Times have changed and we must protect ourselves. Invest in yourself, your life, and have a surprise waiting, in the event you find yourself in a "situation" where your "readiness" will put someone in prision, after you kick his ass, that is.
Leah Hall November 26, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Good catch, Hali. I don't do a lot of online shopping. One time, though, I bought a child's Schoenhut Piano and the company sent a piano every day for *4 days in a row* not unlike the Lucille Ball show madcap assembly line episode. Another time (though not for Christmas), I ordered 2 urban kick scooters that were only available online. They were stolen the day after we received them, in a freak home robbery where I had been inattentive for only a moment. I actually saw the two men who had stolen them getting away (on our scooters) down our block. We hadn't even gotten a chance to ride them! Happily, the company gave us a big discount after learning what happened, and we were able to replace them. Blessings this Joyous Season!
ken November 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Since when has using the term "off-white" become grounds to get a comment deleted? Now unsubscribed!
Hali November 27, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Thanks Vicki! I found the entire documentary Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low cost on youtube. Here is the link if anyone interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hftb_DVuelo Wow! It was quite an eye opening documentary. Until now I never shopped at Wal-Mart, not because of political reasons, but there isn't one close by where I live. But after watching this documentary, I don't want to shop there. Period. There is nothing they sell that I can't buy elsewhere.
Thomas Clarke November 27, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Gunshots ring, are you listenin’? In the aisles, pepper sprays mistin’. Be ready to fight, on Black Friday night Shopping in a Walmart wonderland In the parking lot we can rob an old man And pretend we bought this on our own He’ll say “Help me”, we’ll say “No man” Just kick him, shoot him then we go right home Later on we’ll perspire as we come under fire Be ready to fight on Black Friday night Shopping in a Walmart wonderland.
Marty November 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Ha, ha, ha, ha,.....your stupid, but probably can make a rap song out of it, since our society is also becoming stupid.....some would actually buy that sh.....t.
Thomas Clarke November 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Marty, as for stupid, you will just need to live with it. "Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmastime pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.
Marty November 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Thomas, I didn't mean "stupid" as in dumb, ignorant, etc., I meant it as it gets said in today's environment...meaning your too funny. I know the Winter Wonderland song.
Marty November 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM
However, selling it as rap song, will bring you millions....ha,ha,ha,....no joke. Do it.
sf_diner November 28, 2011 at 12:56 AM
The area has become really run down, was there a few weeks ago but will not be back. Whether it is due to Walmart opening, or construction in the area, I don't know. Really ghetto.
Hali November 28, 2011 at 03:33 AM
Stupid means stupid, doesn't mean funny. Not even "in today's environment".
Lisa jo November 29, 2011 at 03:41 AM
You people talkin shut about San leandro, San Lorenzo and Oakland are clearly ignorant. Do you know how big Oakland is? Ever heard of Montclair? Or piedmont? VERY nice areas. I think wasting your time looking up how far the wal-marts are apart in the easy bay is pathetic and it looks like you need a job. :)
Lisa jo November 29, 2011 at 03:45 AM
And Barry, it looks to me like you follow San leandro pretty closely. You know where all the wal marts are. You know some parts of it have a bad rap. And I don't neccesarily believe it's an "urban nightmare" as you say, but again, you seem to be a little to obsessed with SL.
Barry Kane November 29, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Well Lisa Jo, I follow San Leandro because I own a home here and have lived here for 10 years and of course I am concerned about the city and its quality of life and direction. I know where Wal Mart and other stores are located because I am responsible for the branch locations for my employer in the East Bay and I follow retail centers and the trends in retail.
Marty November 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM
These blogs are interesting because they create fighting among people who comment, losing focus on the "story." I also know where the Walmart's are in San Leandro, Union City, etc., I Goggle them to find locations, and 24 hrs, in case I forgot paper plates for the barbecue, tailgate, etc., yet, people here will jump to conclusions and judgement begins. Interesting how people react, ready to pounce on a complete stranger for their comment. Isn't this similar to the robber's lying in wait for those shoppers to come outside with her purchases? Think about it. Human behavior is interesting for sure. No one is perfect. I start with the mirror every morning and as I thank GOD for another day, I also ask that he help me with my imperfections, then I say them out loud. Yes, Oakland does have some very nice neighborhoods, as do all cities, however the downtown area is what people see first. Jack London Square has shut down business because of problems. What people first see, is what will stick in their minds. San Francisco downtown has the same problem. Crime will find you, no matter how nice it is. This world is creeping toward becoming "third world." Soon, discussion of bearing arms for everyone will be as common as discussion about the I-Phone, I-Pad, etc. How are we to prepare the children to live in a world where "freedom" no longer means "A nice family picnic outing" grants peace from a robbery, a rape, or losing your life. Times have changed, assume nothing.
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Michael Night November 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM
AT&T in San Ramon employs this short white woman named Teresa that is dating this guy named Migel who is from Oakland and a tow truck driver/pediphile/meth user who is wanted for unpaid drug debts. Teressa is a receptionist at AT&T. If you need tows or drugs contact her or tow company called Mickeys. They are listed in Oakland.


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