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Alleged thief shot in botched robbery attempt at downtown jewelry store


LAPD patrol cars cordon off the 600 block of S. Broadway following a botched jewelry store robbery in which one alleged robber was shot.

Authorities say a man attempting to rob a downtown jewelry store was shot and injured today by an off-duty cop inside the store, although two accomplices got away.

The incident happened this afternoon on the 600 block of South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. There are several jewelry stores on this block -- Aquarius, Del Amo and Gold Castle, to name a few -- and police did not immediately specify which one had been hit.

According to news reports, three men tried to hold up the store at around 2:30 p.m. today. NBC says that at least two of the men entered the store and “took hold” of a guard inside, according to a police spokesperson.

That’s when an off-duty reserve sheriff’s deputy saw the robbery attempt in progress and shot one of the robbers, according to reports. The man stumbled out of the store and collapsed. He remains in the hospital in stable condition.

The other men got away -- in two separate cars, according to some reports.

Descriptions of the suspects were not immediately available. Police believe nothing in the store was taken.

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