A 21-year-old San Francisco man was shot in the face early Tuesday morning in Richmond after he and some friends allegedly tried to rob a drug dealer, Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said today.

French said the victim and his friends went to the 5200 block of Sacramento Avenue at about 2 a.m. planning to rob a marijuana dealer.

As they approached, French said, the drug dealer was alerted to their presence and the group of would-be robbers fled.

As they were fleeing, a black Ford Mustang drove by them and someone inside fired shots at the victims’ vehicle, striking the victim in the face, French said.

His friends drove him to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment, where they allegedly made up several stories about what had happened, she said.

They eventually told San Francisco police that the shooting had happened in Richmond during an attempted robbery, French said. San Francisco police informed Richmond police about the shooting at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

As of this morning, no suspects had been arrested, French said.

The victim is expected to survive, French said.

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