ANTIOCH -- An Antioch jewelry store owner shot and killed an armed robber Friday afternoon and police said a customer was also shot during the heist, police said.
The robbery at the Hardy Nix Jewelry store at 3600 Delta Fair Boulevard shut down a major street as authorities swarmed the surrounding area looking for a second suspect who escaped the store after the 4:27 p.m. robbery.
The female customer who was shot was taken to a hospital with a non-life threatening wound, according to Antioch police Lt. Robin Kelley. The woman "just happened to be in the way" as the robber traded fire with the store owner, according to Antioch police Lt. Don LaDue.
Responding officers found the armed robber who was shot by the store's owner on the ground outside the store's entrance. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his identity immediately.
Police say another suspect involved in the armed robbery ran out of the store eastbound toward a nearby Kaiser Permanente facility. Officers searched the area but did not locate that suspect.
No additional information about the incident was released Friday night.
The store, operated by husband and wife Mark and Leslie Perez, was opened in 1947 by Leslie Perez's father, according to its website.
The store carries traditional jewelry as well as wedding items, collectibles and religious items.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Eric McManus at 925-779-6940.