Thursday, August 02, 2012

CA: Watch shop owner shoots would-be robber

Two robbery suspects were being guarded by police at area hospitals Monday afternoon after a robbery at an Orange County mall was thwarted when the owner of a watch shop shot one of the suspects in the head, police said.    The suspects entered the Tick Tock watch shop minutes before posing as customers, Knauerhaze said. One of the suspects posed as a physically disabled man, arriving in a wheelchair.  Once inside, the two drew a handgun and ordered the shop's employees and customers to the ground, Knauerhaze said.  "One of the shop owners was in the back, heard this going on, armed himself with his own gun and decided -- in a very courageous move -- to confront the gunman," Knauerhaze said.  The owner walked into the store's lobby and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, Knauerhaze said. When the suspect didn't, the owner fired.  The suspect was shot once in the head and is hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Knauerhaze said. The second suspect was taken to a different hospital with a preexisting condition.


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