OAKLAND -- A 21-year-old man, who had already been pistol whipped by robbers who stole his backpack Wednesday night in East Oakland, was shot in the leg trying to chase the thieves, police said Thursday.

The suspects fled with the backpack and the man was in stable condition at a hospital.

The robbery happened about 8 p.m. in the 6600 block of Leona Creek Drive, not far from the Oakland Coliseum.

Police said the man was walking when he was confronted by two men who tried to take his backpack.

When he resisted he was pistol whipped by one of the robbers, causing him to fall to the pavement.

The robbers were able to get the backpack from the downed man and began running away.

When the man tried chasing them, he was shot, police said.

The robbers fled by the time police arrived on the scene and the victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

It was not immediately known what was in the backpack.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the robbers. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.



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