On Monday afternoon, two armed individuals walked into Tick Tock Jewelry store at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. The store owner demanded the suspects drop their weapons, but when they did not, the store owner opened fire. Vikki Vargas reports from Westminster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 30, 2012.
A Westminster jewelry store opened fire on a pair of armed would-be robbers Monday afternoon.
Police said an armed man walked into the Tick Tock Jewelery Store in the 9200 block of Bolsa Avenue around 1:15 p.m. He was joined by a second person, reportedly wielding a sledgehammer.
The pair ordered customers and employees to get on the ground and move away from the windows, police said.
The storeowner, who was in another room when the pair entered the store, repeatedly told the armed man to put down the gun, police said. When he did not comply, the storeowner opened fire, shooting the would-be robber in the face.
That man was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
The second would-be robber -- who was also injured -- was caught outside the business by a security guard and civilians, police said.
Police believe there could be a third person involved in the attempted robbery, perhaps driving a getaway car. Police described that car as a model year 2008-2010 silver Honda Accord.
Police are combing through surveillance video, which they suspect recorded the incident.