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California store owner fatally shoots masked robbers, 3rd suspect on the run

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One of California’s smoke-shop owner fatally shot two armed robbers in ski masks, when they tried to rob the store Friday night, police said.

A third suspect is on the run after he escaped from the Smoke-N-Vape Smoke Shop in the vicinity of the intersection of Blackstone and Cambridge avenues in Fresno.

The police Lt. Tim Tietjen said the three armed men, dressed in dark clothing and ski masks, entered the store at about 9:30 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk of the court.

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The owner of the shop, which was, once again came to the store and confronted the robbers as they tried to leave, the Fresno Bee reported.

Tietjen said the owner pulled out his own gun, and several shots were fired.

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“If we are to understand, would have been an exchange of gunfire,” he added.

The police said two of the suspected robbers were hit by bullets and were taken to Community Regional Medical Center where she later died.

A third suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at the los. For a description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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Tietjen said that there were no other injuries and that the store owner is not expected to face any charges.

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