Three Injured By Gunman at Mall
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Two men fleeing from a jewelry store robbery on Friday shot and wounded three people, police said.
Two men, one armed with a shotgun, went into the mall in the northern suburb of Vancouver Friday evening. The man with the shotgun stood outside a jeweler while the other used a rubber mallet to smash display cases, said Staff Sgt. Ron Babcock of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The two men then fled with an unknown amount of jewelry, Babcock said.
Witnesses said that as they ran from the store, the men yelled at shoppers to get down. Then the armed robber fired, apparently at random, at people sitting at an outdoor cafe.
″Everybody was under the tables,″ said Hector Conesa, who runs a takeout food stand.
″There were a few screams, and with that, I decided I’d better get down on the floor too,″ said Gary Murray, a clerk at a store beside the jeweler.
The three injured people were taken to hospitals. Their names and condition were not released.
One merchant, who declined to be identified, said the two robbers jumped into a car driven by a third man that was waiting in an alleyway.