An attempted armed robbery at a watch shop in the Asian Garden Mall was stopped Monday afternoon when the store owner shot one suspect in the head.
According to the Westminster Police Department, two men — one of them using a wheelchair as a ruse – entered the Tick Tock watch and jewelry store around 1:10 p.m.
The man in the wheelchair got up, produced a gun and ordered those in the store to lie on the floor. But the owner, hearing the commotion from the back of the shop, grabbed a gun and confronted the suspect.
According to Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze, the shopkeeper told the suspect to drop the gun and when he didn’t, shot him once in the head.
The wounded suspect and his partner tried to flee on foot, but Westminster police arrived on the scene in less than a minute and arrested the wounded man. A second suspect was grabbed by a citizen and mall security.
The wounded man was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange in critical but stable condition.
Police are searching for a possible third suspect who might be the getaway driver. He’s described as a black male, driving a four-door Honda Accord.
The suspects face armed robbery and weapons charges.
Asian Garden Mall is an enclosed two-story shopping center on Bolsa Avenue in the heart of the Little Saigon district of Westminster.