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Store manager opens fire on hammer-wielding bandits

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The scene of the robbery. (Matt Guillermo/FOX5) The scene of the robbery. (Matt Guillermo/FOX5)
The damaged store. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) The damaged store. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
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Two men ran into a Las Vegas business and smashed jewelry cases with a hammer before the store manager opened fire.

Metro police said the robbery at the Home Consignment Center at Serene and Eastern avenues on Tuesday afternoon was brazen. The suspects entered the store wearing jackets with hoodies and sunglasses.

The manager told her employees to run before she brandished a firearm and unloaded.

"She got her gun from behind the counter, told them (robbers) to stop and fired two rounds, believing she hit one of the suspects," said Metro Sgt. Steve Junge.

Police found blood on the floor of the store, but it's uncertain if that was the result of a bullet wound or if one of the robbers cut himself smashing the glass cases.

An employee of a nearby business was outside taking a smoke break when the robbery occurred.

"I hear hammers smashing, then two gunshots," said neighbor Zachary Schrager. "(The robber) had his hood on and limped over to the car."

Schrager then saw the robbers take off.

Across the parking lot at Gabriel Jewelers, employees said robberies such as this are all too common, especially around the holidays.

"It's very alarming but it happens very often," said Gabriel Jewelers employee Bonnie Gould.

Police located the suspect vehicle abandoned at nearby Boulder Station. It had been reported stolen.

Detectives are looking at the blood from the scene and surveillance video in an attempt to track down those responsible.

One of the robbers was wearing a security-style jacket with patches. The other was in a gray hoodie.

Police said the store owner had a gun because armed robbers hit the shop less than a month ago. No employees were injured during Tuesday's robbery.

If you have any information about this crime, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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