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An attempted home-invasion robbery on Monday (June 29) resulted in the shooting of a man in El Cajon. Sheriff's deputies said that a preliminary investigation suggests the robbery was the culmination of a dispute over an unsettled debt.

According to a report from El Cajon police Sgt. Tim Chantler, deputies responded at around 4:30 p.m. to a residence on the 8200 block of Limon Lane in unincorporated El Cajon, where there had been reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they encountered an adult male with gunshot wounds to his leg. He was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses then alerted authorities to a vehicle that was seen fleeing the area "at a high rate of speed." Deputies tracked the car to the 8700 block of Rockview Drive (nearby), where two more unidentified adult males were detained after the discovery of methamphetamine and a clown mask in their vehicle.

An investigation revealed that the men had arrived at the Limon address seeking to collect a debt from the homeowner, who had armed himself with a shotgun. After the men forced their way into his garage, at least one shot was fired, striking one of his assailants, all three of whom were eventually arrested.

Animal control services also provided aid to one of the occupants' three dogs that suffered minor injuries during the altercation. Detectives say their investigation is ongoing.

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