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Gardena store owner recognized robber from earlier heist

September 24, 2011 |  7:04 am

A Gardena market owner who shot and killed a robbery suspect had recognized the man from an armed robbery of his store in July in which $2,300 was taken, a local newspaper is reporting.

Gardena police Det. Rich Reynaga told the Daily Breeze that the owner of Paisano Meat on West Rosecrans Avenue was in his office when he recognized the man on a video camera approaching the store again Friday morning.

The owner grabbed a pistol, which he'd purchased after the July robbery, and confronted the man in the store. The man pulled a gun and the store owner shot him in the chest, Reynaga told the Daily Breeze.

The wounded gunman ran out of the store and later collapsed and died on the street. The owner continued firing at him as the robbery suspect ran outside the store and, in the process, wounded another man, who was struck in the torso. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition and expected to survive.

Gardena police did not release the name of the owner or the armed robbery suspect.


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