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Local : Gunmen Wound 2 Men in Separate Stickups on Streets of Santa Ana

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Two Santa Ana men were in Western Medical Center with gunshot wounds this morning after a group of men tried to rob them late Wednesday night, police said.

Police said that four men approached Alfonso Esparza Sanchez, 58, near 400 N. Main St. about 11:30 p.m. and demanded money. When Sanchez said he had no money, one of the men shot him once with a shotgun, Santa Ana police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said.

He had wounds to his left wrist, left side and left thigh and was listed in stable condition this morning.

About 20 minutes later, three men approached Francisco Ruben Ibarra near 1415 N. Ross St. and demanded money. One of the men shot Ibarra once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun, Thomas said. Ibarra was in serious condition.

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“There’s a strong possibility the same suspects were involved in both incidents,” Thomas said.

The men, described by police as male blacks in their 20s, fled on foot.

Thomas said police had no suspects in the shootings.


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