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Police arrest gang member in bar shooting

BARSTOW • A Barstow man was arrested Monday for a shooting at Mollies Pub that left two people injured, including an elderly man.

Samuel Weitz, 32, and two others were in an altercation with another male at Mollies Pub Saturday just after midnight, when the Weitz trio left and waited for the victim outside the bar, said Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr. When Weitz saw the victim leaving, he shot at him, missing his target and hitting two others not involved in the fight, officials said. The trio fled.

One victim, a man in his late 30s, is still recovering at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after he sustained gunshot wounds to his leg, Espinoza said. The man underwent surgery after several bones were broken from the shots.

The other victim, a 71-year-old man, was transported to Barstow Community Hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg. He was treated and released the same day.

Police identified Weitz as the shooter and began searching for him Monday morning. Around 10:30 a.m., patrol officers located him at Divine’s Market and Liquor Store at 25181 W. Main St. in Lenwood. He was arrested without incident.

Weitz was booked for attempted murder, participating in a criminal street gang and violating his parole. His bail was set at $1 million.

“Obviously he tried to kill someone,” Espinoza said. “He just missed.”

Detectives spent much of the day Monday investigating Weitz and his two associates, Espinoza said. Weitz is a known gang member with extensive criminal background. In San Bernardino, Weitz has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft and twice for possession of a firearm as a felon.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Leo Griego or Officer Thomas Gates at the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to report anonymously can contact the WeTip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or visit www.WeTip.com.

Contact the writer:
(760) 256-4123 or klucia@desertdispatch.com


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