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Antioch Police investigate the scene of an incident in front of Hardy Nix Jewelers on Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch, Calif., on Friday, April 11, 2014. One person was confirmed dead at the scene. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ANTIOCH -- Hardy Nix Jewelers was open for business Saturday, but the store was eerily quiet after the previous day's fatal shooting.

Employees stood at a back counter of the store, inspecting a case of jewelry and declining to comment on a deadly armed robbery that happened inside the business less than 24 hours earlier.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday, one of the jewelry store's owners shot and killed one of two armed robbers who stormed into the business, according to police. The suspect collapsed outside and was pronounced dead a short time later. A female customer caught in the crossfire was rushed to a hospital and is expected to recover, police said.

"I don't really have anything to say right now other than my brother is my hero," said Michelle Zamora, sister of Hardy Nix co-owner Mark Perez.

Businesses around Hardy Nix were aware of the robbery Friday and were taking extra steps to ensure their own safety.

Cara Grahman, owner of Antioch Florist, across the street from the jewelry store, said she plans to sit down with her employees to talk about the incident and hear what new precautions they might want to take.

She said her store, busy with the start of the wedding season, is protected by an alarm system with a panic button and pepper spray under the counter.

D&D Jewelers owner Dorothy Pickard said the news of the shooting at Hardy Dix traveled fast. She said she received several calls from concerned business colleagues about the armed robbery.


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"That was crazy," she said.

Pickard said she is thankful that the three alarm systems and video cameras in her West 10th Street store keep an eye on things and ward off potential crime.

Although her store is not normally open on Saturdays, Pickard said she and her dog still come in every weekend to do repairs on jewelry pieces and that just locking the door behind her makes her feel safe.

"I have been very fortunate," she said. "I am not flashy; I am inside a building so people can't see the storefront from outside. I am low-key."

There was no word from police Saturday about whether the second suspect in Friday's holdup had been caught. There was also no word on the identity of the suspect shot and killed or if the store owner would face charges. Follow Katie Nelson at Twitter.com/katienelson210.