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Suspect Held in Doughnut Shop Shooting

A man suspected of shooting his mother-in-law at a Clairemont doughnut shop Sunday afternoon later broke into his estranged wife’s apartment and kept police at bay for 1 1/2 hours before surrendering, police said.

Audrey Erbe, 58, was in critical condition at Sharp Memorial Hospital Sunday night with a bullet lodged in her brain and was not expected to survive, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Randy Ernest Geering, 36, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Geering had apparently confronted both his wife, Diane, and mother-in-law in the doughnut shop in the 5000 block of Balboa Avenue. According to police spokesman Bill Robinson, Geering was quarreling with Erbe when he allegedly shot her.

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He then fled and broke into his estranged wife’s nearby apartment in the 5500 block of Balboa Arms Drive. Geering then called television Channel 8 to reportedly confess the shooting. The station called police to tell them of Geering’s whereabouts.


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