Stockton neighbors are hoping surveillance video of an armed robbery will help identify the two men, also believed to have shot a popular taco truck operator, just moments earlier.
"It was very scary," Blanca Cobian said.
Cobian's father and brothers have operated the La Perla de Occidente taco truck at West Hammer Lane and East Bianchi Road for about 15 years. She told FOX40, Thursday, at around 12:30 PM, two men armed with handguns entered the truck and demanded money.
"He didn't care about the money, his attitude was, I won't give you anything. If I give you money, you will come back for money again," Cobian said.
Cobian said her brother fended the men off with a large butcher knife.
"He told them, I'll stab you, and they backed off. But when they get off, they started shooting," Cobian said.
Her brother, 27-year-old Jose Cobian was shot in the chest. At least two bullet holes are left in the plexi glass windows where they hit the taco truck. Photos taken of Cobian in the hospital appear to show one of those bullets entered his body near his rib cage and exited near his shoulder.
"All the doctors were saying he was so lucky cause the bullet passed by the heart. Centimeters. I don't know what he was thinking, my brother, you know," Cobian said.
Whether you consider his self-defense street smart or stupid, it did not stop the shooters.
Ten minutes later and two blocks down the road, two men matching the exact description are seen on surveillance video robbing the Hyphy Smoke Shop at gunpoint. The clerk working at the time complied, handed over all the cash in the register, and was uninjured.
Friday, return customers visited the taco truck to check on the well-known and well liked Cobian family.
"I'm really shocked. I'm sad for them. I hope he's doing ok," Alice Thuong said.
"I talked with the family. He is alright, he is already home, which is a good thing. And I just came to support them because we've been coming here for so long," Julie Butler said.
Butler told FOX40 the shooting wont scare her away from the brining her business to the taco truck.
"It could have happened to anyone. It's just one of those things. If you don't come back, then they win. That's how I feel about it," Butler said.
The Cobias say they have no choice but to come back to work.
"We have this food truck for a living. We have to keep going," Cobian said.
One of the men in the surveillance video was wearing a blue shirt and had short twisted dreadlocks. The other was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a large white Nike swoosh on the front. Both are African American, and appear to be around 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds. In both instances, witnesses reported seeing them run to a silver Toyota 4-Runner driven by an Asian woman.
If you recognize the men in the video, contact Stockton Police. As always, you can remain anonymous.