Man identified in San Carlos restaurant robbery

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities released the name today of a 29-year-old man who was fatally shot by the owner of a San Carlos restaurant during an alleged robbery attempt at the business.

Deon Leshawn Scott of San Diego was found staggering alongside University Avenue in North Park with a gunshot wound to the chest shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, according to police and the county Medical Examiner's Office. Medics took him to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Roughly 15 minutes before officers and medics found Scott mortally wounded near Interstate 805, a man matching his description had tried to hold up a taco shop in the 7200 block of Navajo Road, SDPD homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

The would-be robber, who was armed with a gun, entered the restaurant with a bandana covering the lower part of his face, approached the service counter and demanded cash from a clerk, Herbert said.

Hearing what was going on from inside his office, the proprietor of the shop armed himself and confronted the bandit, the lieutenant said. The masked man responded by pointing his gun at the owner, prompting him to open fire, Herbert said.

The wounded bandit then left the business and got into a waiting red convertible, which was driven out of the area to the south on Golfcrest Drive, the lieutenant said.

According to the medical examiner, Scott suffered the fatal gunshot wound at the eastern San Diego Mexican-food restaurant where the failed holdup had occurred.

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