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Beverly Hills shooting: Man shot in leg at restaurant near Rodeo Drive in would-be robbery

A man was shot in the leg outside of a posh Beverly Hills Italian restaurant Tuesday night after his attacker tried to rob him, according to police.

The victim was eating at Via Alloro - two blocks away from Rodeo Drive - around 8:45 p.m. before leaving to buy something at the drugstore across the street.

On his way back to dinner, the man 'struggled with the suspect' as the attacker attempted to rob the victim on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.

The suspect then shot the man in the leg and 'fled the scene (in) a silver Infiniti sedan with dark tinted windows' driven by someone else, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) said in a news release, adding that 'there is damage to the left rear quarter panel.'

The shooter and the driver have yet to be identified by police. It was not immediately clear if the crime was gang-related. 

A man was shot in the leg outside of the posh Beverly Hills Italian restaurant Via Alloro (pictured) on Tuesday night after his attacker tried to rob him, according to police

Videos posted to social media in the aftermath of the shooting showed police SUVs outside of the restaurant and a section of the street roped off with tape

The victim was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and is reportedly in stable condition with non-life-threating injuries. 

'What the suspect was going after, I can’t say, but the victim was able to retain all the property. Nothing was taken,' BHPD spokesman Lt Giovanni Trejo told Fox News.  

'BHPD will provide additional information as it becomes available,' the department wrote in a Facebook post.

The restaurant was filled with diners when the shooting happened but no one else was hurt. 

The Beverly Hills Courier reported that the restaurant turned away new diners after the incident but let those already eating finish their meals.

Videos posted to social media in the aftermath of the shooting showed police SUVs outside the restaurant and a section of the street roped off with tape.

Detectives are also investigating a Lamborghini SUV parked inside the crime-scene perimeter, according to ABC7. Police said that the luxury car was somehow involved in the shooting but they have yet to release more details.

The suspect shot and 'fled the scene (in) a silver Infiniti sedan with dark tinted windows,' police said. Cops are also reportedly investigating a Lamborghini SUV parked inside the crime-scene perimeter

Via Alloro is a high-end restaurant located on North Canon Drive and prides itself as being 'the first restaurant in the area to offer more than 100 patio seats,' as stated on their OpenTable profile. 

It is one of eight restaurants owned by Chef Giacomino Drago. 

Earlier this year a woman was shot in the leg as robbers stormed another one of Drago's swanky Beverly Hills restaurants.

In March, three thieves stormed Il Pastaio on a Thursday afternoon and tried to steal a $500,000 watch from a male diner. 

They then inadvertently shot a female patron in the leg before fleeing.

In March three thieves stormed Il Pastaio (pictured) on a Thursday afternoon and tried to steal a $500,000 watch from a male diner 

The victim was seen talking on her phone as paramedics wheeled her away from the restaurant

Crime scene photos showed a heavy policy presence outside of Il Pastaio after the incident

The two unrelated crimes are just the latest in a string of opportunistic attacks on the area's wealthy residents.

Overall, violent crimes in Beverly Hills are up, according to data from the Department of Justice (DOJ), despite less reported homicides and assaults. 

In 2019, there were nine robberies in the city where suspects were armed with a firearm. 

In 2020 that figure nearly doubled to 16. Data for 2021 was not yet available.

Statewide in California, crimes were up by nearly 700 between 2019 and 2020 and there were 523 more homicides in 2021 than the year prior. The number of aggravated assaults also increased from 104,756 to 113,539.

Meanwhile, the number of rapes, robberies and property crimes was down, DOJ data showed.