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Westminster Jewelry Store Worker Fires on Fleeing Robbers

The owner of a Westminster jewelry store fired shots on Friday at a robber who was fleeing after stealing a watch from the store, which had been the scene of a similar shooting last year.

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Westminster police respond to a shooting outside the Tick Tock jewelry store on Friday.

The robbery occurred at 4 p.m. Friday in the 9200 block of Bolsa Avenue at Tick Tock jewelry store, according Westminster Police Department Cmdr. Timothy Vu.

The robber asked to try on an expensive watch and then ran from the store, pursued by the store owner,  authorities on scene said.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot near the store where the robber was trying to leave in a vehicle, Officer Alan Aoki said on scene.

The store owner “chased him a few hundred feet from the doors. The suspect got in a vehicle. There was some type of altercation that happened at the vehicle,” Aoki said. “There were several shots fired at that point.”

The robber had not fired a weapon and fled apparently unharmed, authorities said. Police had initially said there were multiple robbers involved.

The store, inside the Asian Garden Mall in the Orange County city’s Little Saigon area, was also the scene of shooting in July 2012.

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Police tape in front of the Asian Garden Mall on Friday after a store owner shot at a robber.

In that incident, the same shop owner fired on an attempted armed robber who was trying to hold the store up, police said. Authorities at the scene said the owner had repeatedly told the gunman to drop his weapon in what a police spokesman described as a “very courageous move.”

One suspected robber was shot in the head in the 2012 incident.

KTLA’s Chip Yost contributed to this report.

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