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Black Friday Walmart Shooting: Police Release Surveillance Tape, Name New Suspect

Police say Detwone Watson, 29, of Oakland fired the shot that wounded Christopher Murillo, 21, of San Lorenzo.

San Leandro police named a second suspect Tuesday in the that attracted international attention because it happened on Black Friday.

Police say 29-year-old Detwone  D. Watson of Oakland was the gunman who shot 21-year-old Christopher Murillo of San Lorenzo in a robbery that turned out to be over $5 and a gold necklace.

Police had previously arrested 20-year-old Tony Phillips of Oakland, who was detained by the victim's relatives at the scene of the 1:50 a.m. shooting. Two other unnamed suspects remain at large.

Immediately after the shooting, Murillo was listed in critical condition, but authorities said he has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

At a Tuesday press conference, police also released a surveillance video of the Walmart parking lot where the robbery occurred.

A few details of the holdup can be glimpsed from afar on the grainy video.

And a chronology of events provided by lead investigator Sgt. Ted Henderson suggests this was just a random robbery by four men on the prowl.

According to Henderson, it was shortly before 1:50 a.m. on Black Friday when the victims, three cousins from San Lorenzo all in their early 20s, came out of the Walmart at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. where they had gone to buy a video game.

The game was out of stock, and the cousins walked back to their car at the far end of the parking lot empty handed, Henderson said.

While the Murillo cousins paused to have a cigarette, a group driving a two-door burgundy Buick Riviera of late ‘90s or early 2000 vintage pulled up.

Inside were four men, Henderson said: A driver who never got out of the car; a third man seated behind the driver who got out at one point; and the two named suspects, Phillips and Watson.

As Henderson described it, Watson, who was armed with a gun, got out of the front passenger seat. Phillips climbed out behind him and told the cousins to turn over their personal belongings.

Henderson said shooting victim Christopher Murillo handed Watson $5. Then Phillips tried to take a gold chain worn by his cousin.

“That was when the fight started,” Henderson said.

As that man fought with Phillips, the third cousin got involved. The third robbery suspect got out of the car to join the brawl.

Then, police said, Watson shot Murillo in the neck and jumped back into the car, which drove off, police said.

The third robber can be seen on the surveillance tape running away on foot. Phillips was detained by the Murillo cousins and arrested when police arrived at the scene.

Henderson said police do not know yet know the identities of the driver and the man who ran away.

They have issued an arrest warrant for Watson, charging him with attempted murder, two counts of attempted robbery and one count of robbery.

Henderson said Phillips was arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery.

Police think Watson remains in the area. They caution that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

“A call is all we need,” Henderson said.

The San Leandro Police Department anonymous tip line is 510-577-3278.

Tom Abate December 01, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I noticed that, too. There were some people who congregated. But so many just went about their business.
Fran December 01, 2011 at 01:34 AM
I wasn't aware it was ever considered great to begin with. Maybe when Sam Walton opened his first few stores. Sooner or later the ugliness of capitalism rears its ugly head. Policies are put in place that run contrary to the things that made them great to begin with. Sort of like politicians. It's the same old story over and over again. Granted, we have a lot of uneducated consumers in America, but even that can take them only so far. I, for one, will be relishing the day their time is up. Now they want to open stores in India and people and politicians are threatening they will burn them down. Yet, we are opening our arms for Fresh & Easy?

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