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Oakland man charged with shooting clerk who refused to lower price of liquor bottle

OAKLAND — Nearly four months after a liquor store clerk was shot for refusing to lower the price of a $40 bottle of booze, police have arrested a suspect.

A 34-year-old Oakland man was arrested in late September in connection with the June 23 shooting, court records show. He is next due in court for an arraignment hearing on Oct. 16.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office charged the man with attempted robbery, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, and multiple counts of illegal gun possession, court records show. In a police interview, he claimed that he was worried the clerk was pulling a gun on him so he fired his own handgun.

But the clerk’s story — which police say is backed up by surveillance footage — is markedly different. The clerk reported to police that the man shot him three times in the belly during a heated argument over the price of a liquor bottle.

After shooting the clerk, the suspect fled the area, but didn’t bother to take the liquor bottle with him, police said. A second patron who was with the suspect has not been charged, court records show.

The clerk survived the shooting, but required hospitalization, police said.

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