OAKLAND -- A man was shot in a failed West Oakland robbery Wednesday night and a Grand Lake-area convenience store clerk was hospitalized after being severely pistol-whipped during a holdup less than two hours later, police said.

The robberies were not connected and both victims will recover from their injuries, police said.

The attempted robbery and shooting happened about 10:08 p.m. in the 800 block of Mead Avenue. A 30-year-old Oakland man was confronted by a gunman who demanded money from him. When he refused he was shot in the leg and the gunman fled without taking anything. The man was in stable condition at a hospital.

At 11:49 p.m. Wednesday two men with hoodies pulled over their faces entered the 7-Eleven Store at 3500 Grand Ave. where a 51-year-old man was working as a clerk, police said.

One of the robbers had a gun and pistol whipped the clerk before both suspects took an undisclosed amount of money from the register. They were last seen running westbound on Mandana Boulevard.

The clerk suffered at least one severe head injury and was left bloodied and dazed. He was in stable condition at a hospital.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money in each case for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.



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