They were trying to get their stuff back from some burglars, but got more than they bargained for.
A 33-year-old Stockton man is in critical condition after being shot in the hand, hip and shoulder. The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Big Lots off Country Club.
The man, along with three family members had gone their to retrieve speakers, stolen from a car days earlier. The woman who owned those speakers had discovered them in a Craigslist ad days later.
The family says Stockton Police were too short staffed to help the recover the stolen property, so they took the job on themselves.
When they showed-up at the parking lot, they say the thieves became nervous and drove off. But they didn't drive far, according to a family member.
The thieves turned around, according to the family, and start firing.
The one family member, who didn't want to be identified, had this message for the thieves:
"If you're listening to me- please, this is my family member. I just ask that you would do the right thing. Please turn yourself in."