A woman was shot Thursday afternoon during a robbery targeting another diner at a Beverly Hills restaurant.
Officers were called about 2:10 p.m. to Il Pastaio in the 400 block of North Canon Drive on a report of a robbery with gunfire, and arrived to find the victim, who was not the intended target, according to police.
“The female was at the location with two other people when three male suspects demanded property from another patron,” according to a Beverly Hills Police Department statement. “One of the suspects shot the female and the three suspects fled the location on foot.”
The suspects tried to steal a man’s watch as he sat in the restaurant’s patio area at the corner of Canon Drive and Brighton Way, according to witnesses and the victim, who told NBC4 that one of the suspects threatened him with a gun and forced him to give up the timepiece, which he said was valued at $500,000.
The wounded woman, whose name and age were not released, was taken to a local hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, according to a BHPD captain.
Her boyfriend told NBC4 he heard a gunshot and immediately turned toward her.
“As I was grabbing her and throwing her and her friend through the doorway, there were three more shots and there was, like, bullets right in the brick, in the sidewalk where our table was,” Drew Hancock told the TV station.
A second person who “suffered physical injury during the incident” was treated at the scene, police reported.
Police asked the public to avoid the area while they investigated the shooting.
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