SAN JOSE -- An East San Jose jewelry-store owner thwarted a holdup attempt Monday by returning fire on her would-be robbers, who fled and remain at large, police said.
The shootout occurred about 10:15 a.m. at Joyeria Vanessa at Story and King roads when two armed men entered the jewelry store and at some point fired shots from a handgun, Officer Albert Morales said. The woman manning the store drew her own handgun and fired back, prompting the intruders to run out into the parking lot at the Tropicana Shopping Center.
No one was injured by the gunfire.
Morales said the men fled in a dark-colored SUV but that no further descriptions were immediately available. The store owner was not in the store later in the afternoon but employees said police had told them not to comment publicly because the incident remained under investigation.
Anyone with information for police can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or leave a tip at www.tipsubmit.com.
Mercury News staff writer Joe Rodriguez contributed to this report. Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.