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Craigslist case: California couple shot while trying to sell iPhone

SAN DIEGO -- Two people were shot in San Diego late Monday after meeting a potential buyer who was responding to a Craigslist advertisement.

The shooting victims posted an ad to sell an iPhone on the popular online website and then arranged to meet a prospective buyer in a McDonald’s parking lot.

When the two parties met, the buyer got into the couple’s BMW and then pulled a gun on the sellers.

“During the potential sale of that cellphone, the suspect produced a gun and tried to rob them of the cellphone and cash,” San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

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There was a struggle inside the vehicle between the three people and the gun fired, officials said.

The sellers, a man and a woman, each suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and drove themselves to a hospital.

Investigators have not released a suspect description.

A similar crime occurred in Paradise Hills more than a year ago, but instead of suffering superficial wounds, the victim was shot and killed.

Rashon Abernathy, 18, Seandell Jones, 19, and Shaquille Jordan, 18, were convicted last month in the May 2011 death of Garrett Berki, 18, of Pacific Beach.

The three teenagers lured Berki with a Craigslist ad offering a laptop computer then robbed him of $600 and drove away. After Berki chased after the suspects, he was shot sitting behind the wheel of his car.

A jury convicted the teens of first-degree murder, robbery and shooting.

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