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Friends seek help for man shot dead at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo | Local News

Friends of a man shot while buying Starbucks for his family at the Hillsdale Mall on Jan. 19 in San Mateo are asking for help with his medical bills, according to a GoFundMe page set up for him.

Chris, 20, picked up Starbucks for his family while cleaning house that day. As he walked to his car, a group of teenagers tried to rob him and shot him, according to his GoFundMe. The bullet went through his upper back, breaking two ribs and entering his lungs. However, Chris stabilized and underwent surgery to remove the bullet and repair his ribs. He is currently recovering and in stable condition. However, he needs a second surgery to remove the blood clots found in his lungs. His relatives are asking for the public’s help with ambulance and medical bills.

Marian Perez, a friend of Chris’s who helped organize the page, told the website that healthcare costs were more than Chris and his family could afford. The page raised around $12,000 of the $15,000 goal.

“Chris didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this. Chris left his house only to get his family a cup of coffee,” she told the website.

San Mateo police have arrested four minors, all 16, in connection with the shooting outside the Hillsdale Mall. Officers at the scene provided first aid until medics arrived to transport him to hospital. San Mateo police said the four teens were all from San Mateo and fled before police arrived. The minors were identified after police spoke to witnesses, processed evidence and obtained surveillance video footage from the mall. The teens were later arrested with the help of Belmont Police and the county’s Narcotics Task Force and Gang Intelligence Unit.