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Jewelry store owner may have shot would-be robber

A jewelry store owner in Kensington who tried to defend himself from armed robbers Tuesday afternoon fired at least one round from his own gun, and could have hit one or both suspects, according to Montgomery County officials

The store owner is in his mid-70s, officials said. As of 6:40 p.m., the suspect or suspects had not been apprehended, a police spokeswoman said.

By 3:15 p.m., officers aided by police dogs were searching the area around Sandro Jewelry Boutique, in the 3700 block of Howard Avenue along "Antique Row" in Kensington, said Sgt. C. Thomas Jordan, a police spokesman.

"We're trying to find these guys," Jordan said -- both because they are suspects and because they may need treatment.

"They may be injured," Jordan said.

Two suspects reportedly entered the store. At least one of them showed a handgun, Jordan said.

A scuffle followed.The store owner also was armed with a gun, according to police. He received non life-threatening injuries during the scuffle, and was taken to a local hospital, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the county's Fire and Rescue Service.

-- Dan Morse

(This post was updated from its original to reflect additional information from police.)

By Dan Morse  |  April 27, 2010; 6:50 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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What is the description of the suspects?

Posted by: | April 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he had a security camera.

I'm not too keen on people walking the streets with assault rifles on their backs who aren't police/military. Makes me more than a little nervous.

You want to keep one in your store & you have a license, properly trained, registered, etc? OK. Same with having one in your house. So long as you know how to use it & don't let little Timmy & Bobby Sue blow each other's heads clean off.

Posted by: uncivil | April 27, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if that poor store owner isn't charged.

Posted by: madmike272 | April 27, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Lets see we have two suspects one or maybe both are shot and the police and I assume an ambulance are looking for them before they bleed to death so they can patch them up and by now the store owner is probably in custody. Now what do they look like, come on give us a clue, HELLO, HELLO. How much is Dan Morse paid to be a reporter, I can do better than that, give a job...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Owner needs to be a better shot, then they wouldn't have to spend time & tax dollars looking for them.

Posted by: rmshep | April 27, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Good work old guy.

Posted by: mor54 | April 28, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Well done, Grandpa.

Posted by: Retrovirus | April 28, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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