STOCKTON — A motorist was shot while stopped at a traffic light in central Stockton early Wednesday after he refused to give up his car to four potential carjackers, police reported.

The victim had stopped for the light on East Harding Way at West Lane about 1:10 a.m. when the four people approached his car and demanded he get out. When the victim declined, a man in his 20s — armed with a black handgun — fired several rounds at the victim, striking him at least once in the arm, according to the report.

The victim was able to get away, driving himself to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

No further information on the incident or the suspects was provided by authorities.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Cellphone users can text information to 274637 (CRIMES) by entering the keyword “TIPSPD” followed by their tip. Or they can use the Stockton Police Department mobile phone app and also remain anonymous. Internet users can visit the Police Department’s Facebook page and click “Submit a Tip.”

 

Contact reporter Joe Goldeen at (209) 546-8278 or jgoldeen@recordnet.com. Follow him at recordnet.com/goldeenblog and on Twitter @JoeGoldeen.