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Argument leads to attempted murder charge, arrest for Barstow man

Staff Writer

BARSTOW • A Barstow man was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly shot another man in the chest Sunday night, officials said.

Rayshawn Malloy, 22, used a .22-caliber revolver to fire close range at Michael Robertson, of Loma Linda, according to police.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., callers reported four to five gun shots in the 1500 block of W. Main Street. Around the same time, responding officers were also notified of a gunshot victim at the Barstow Community Hospital Emergency Room.

Officers determined that an argument had occurred at an apartment at the original location on West Main Street. During this argument, several people became involved in a physical altercation, according to a police press release.

Witnesses told officials an armed Malloy pointed a gun at the head of Robertson’s cousin, Beatrice Rogers, 22, of Barstow. When Robertson saw the gun pointed at the head of Rogers, he pushed her out of the way and stood in front of her to protect her.

Then Malloy shot Robertson in the chest, according to officials.

Robertson was transported to Barstow Community Hospital by friends and relatives where he was in stable condition.

Malloy was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Jail in Barstow.

Further investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may contact the WeTip hotline at (800) 78-CRIME.

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