Robbers exchange gunfire with store owner in Huntington Beach robbery
A store owner opened fire at multiple armed people who allegedly forced their way into a Huntington Beach business in an apparent robbery attempt over the weekend and then fled in two vehicles, including one that later crashed in Los Alamitos.
The attempted heist occurred at about 4 p.m. Saturday near Algonquin Street and Davenport Drive, Huntington Beach police wrote in a tweet. Shots rang out “as the store owner defended himself,” police said.
The owner of the business was not hurt, but a customer was struck by shattered glass and suffered minor lacerations, police said. Isabella’s Fine Jewelry was identified as the shop that was targeted, a representative for the store said in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“We would like to thank our wonderful customers for all your outpouring support and well wishes,” a store representative said. “We also would like to give our thanks to the Huntington Beach Police Department for all their hard work. We will be back in business as soon as we can.”
The suspects fled the business in two vehicles that were seen heading north on the 405 Freeway, police said. One was later spotted and pursued by law enforcement before crashing near Katella Avenue and Wallingsford Road in Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach police spokeswoman Jessica Cuchilla said. Several people ran from the area, including a minor who was arrested and taken to juvenile hall on suspicion of robbery.
A description of any possible suspect in the armed robbery attempt and further information about it were not immediately released.
3:36 p.m. Sept. 6, 2022: This story has been updated to note where one of the vehicles possibly involved in the attempted robbery crashed on Saturday.
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