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The Mazatlan taco truck at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue remains closed Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 after the 32-year-old co-owner was shot by robbers at 1:30 a.m. Three suspects are in custody, including one who was injured by return gunfire from the taco truck owner. The violence comes six weeks after Gabriel Martinez, 5, was killed by a bullet while with his father at another taco truck in East Oakland. (Karl Mondon/Staff)

Despite bleeding from three gunshot wounds, a co-owner of an East Oakland taco truck was able to return fire and twice hit the robbery suspect accused of shooting him early Thursday, police said.

The suspect, Sean Ward Morris, 19, of Oakland, his brother Antoine Ward Morris, 18, and a 17-year-old Antioch boy whose name was not released were detained a short time later when they drove to a hospital and were subsequently arrested.

The 32-year-old taco truck co-owner was in stable condition at a hospital. All are expected to recover from their wounds.

The wild shootout happened about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot next to a laundromat at Foothill Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue where the family-owned taco truck, Tacos El Mazatlan, had been a fixture for years.

Officer Phong Tran said the co-owner was in the parking lot area cleaning up when he was approached by Sean Ward Morris, who was armed with a pistol, and the 17-year-old. Ward Morris told the co-owner "to be cool and give me what you got," police said.

The owner, who had been carrying a gun because of previous robberies, started running away and was shot twice in the back and once in the leg, Tran said.

The owner took cover behind a car, pulled his own pistol and returned fire, hitting the older Ward Morris in the upper body and leg, police said. Police said the owner had a protective vest that was inside the truck but apparently decided not to wear it while doing the lot cleanup.


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The two suspects ran to a waiting car driven by the younger Ward Morris and drove off, police said.

The car arrived a short time later at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, where the three were detained. Sean Ward Morris was transferred to another hospital, and the other two were taken to police headquarters for questioning.

All three were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted robbery, police said.

Police said they would be reviewing other robbery reports to see if the three may have been involved.