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$1,000 reward offered in carjacking & robbery

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It began as a carjacking early Thursday morning on J Avenue in National City. The owner of the vehicle, 26-year-old Sean Simpson, was shot in the back. A short time later, gunmen driving a similar car robbed three women at gunpoint in Ocean Beach. It began as a carjacking early Thursday morning on J Avenue in National City. The owner of the vehicle, 26-year-old Sean Simpson, was shot in the back. A short time later, gunmen driving a similar car robbed three women at gunpoint in Ocean Beach.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (CBS 8) - The News 8 CrimeFighters are helping police track down leads in a carjacking and robbery that left one victim hospitalized. Police have located the stolen car, and they're asking for the public's help.

"(The victim) was shot in the back five times. That would suggest the victim was actually running away from his attackers," Sgt. Mike Harlan said.

It began as a carjacking early Thursday morning on J Avenue in National City. The owner of the vehicle, 26-year-old Sean Simpson, was shot in the back. A short time later, gunmen driving a similar car robbed three women at gunpoint in Ocean Beach.

"Based on the time, which is only two hours apart, and the similarities in the suspect and vehicle descriptions in both, we believe they are in fact related," Sgt. Harlan said.

On Friday police located the stolen vehicle -- a gray Toyota Corolla -- abandoned in Southcrest in the 4000 block of Boston Avenue.

"It's being photographed, checked for fingerprints, DNA and trace evidence to hopefully get any leads in the case," Sgt. Harlan said.

The suspects are described as black males in their early 20s, one short and one over six feet tall.

Police say the shooting victim is still hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing two surgeries, but his condition is improving.

Detectives are asking witnesses to come forward with any information on the shooting in National City, the robbery in Ocean Beach or the abandoned vehicle in Southcrest.

"Anybody see anything out of the ordinary, please give us a call. It may seem insignificant to them but it may fit right into what we're looking for," Sgt. Harlan said.

San Diego Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Call (888) 580-8477. You do not have to give your name to get reward money.

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