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No one hurt as 2 men robbed and shots fired

ATWATER — No one was hurt in a shooting reported late Monday in the 1100 block of Palm Avenue in Atwater.

Police responded to the scene about 11 p.m. after two men, ages 22 and 51, said they'd been in the area of Broadway and Third Street, looking for moving boxes. The two said they were approached by two people who wore black ball caps and bandannas on their faces, according to Detective Adolfo Lomeli.

One of the men who approached pulled a handgun, possibly a semiautomatic weapon, and demanded money. The robbers then fled to a blue or silver four-door car after hearing a car alarm go off, Lomeli said.

The victims left the area in their vehicle and pulled up to a residence on Palm Avenue; they then saw the robbers' car pass. The car made a U-turn and went back toward the victims. Lomeli said a person in the car began shooting at the victims, who took cover behind their vehicle.

Five or six shots were fired, Lomeli said, and three struck the victims' car.

Few details are available about the gunmen, described as black men in their mid-20s.

Atwater police are asking anyone with information to call Lomeli at (209) 357-8387 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 357-6390. Calls are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

— Sun-Star staff