Victims thank Good Samaritan shot while intervening in brazen Oakland robbery

ByDion Lim KGO logo
Monday, August 9, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Oakland robbery victims thank bystander who intervened
Two couples, targeted in a daytime robbery in Oakland's Chinatown that turned into a shooting are thanking a Good Samaritan for his quick actions.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two couples are thanking a Good Samaritan for his quick actions after being targeted in a brazen daytime robbery that turned into a shooting in Oakland, California.

As seen in video being used in the police investigation, screams broke out along Saturday afternoon in the city's Chinatown when armed men in ski masks targeted the two couples who were out for Boba.

"They pulled their shirts up and showed they have guns under their pants," says one man in the group who only wants to be identified as Mr. Chan for privacy.

The suspects grab the two women's handbags and Mr. Chan springs into action, grappling to get his girlfriend's purse back. He is pistol-whipped in the process.

A Good Samaritan who happened to be walking nearby sprang into action shortly after he heard the women screaming. In the video, you can see him fall to the ground as he is shot in the left armpit and right thigh.

He told our sister station KGO-TV that he is recovering in the hospital and hopes to be out by Monday evening.

While the suspects quickly sped off and have not yet been arrested, Mr. Chan and his friends, have this warning given recent attacks in Oakland's Chinatown.

"I don't regret what I did (but) I don't recommend if this happened to other people to get involved in that way you don't know who brought guns or if they have knives."