COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A robber was shot by an employee during a jewelry store heist in Colorado Springs Wednesday evening.
The wounded suspect was dropped off at a nearby hospital, but police believe others involved could remain on the run.
People at neighboring businesses around East Fillmore and Institute started hearing a commotion shortly after 5:30 p.m.
“I heard 10 to 12 gunshots. You know, coming from outside, behind me, I couldn’t really tell where they were coming from.”
Alan Lynch, CEO of Westpeak Mobility at 903 E. Fillmore St., told 11 News he heard the gunfire, then —
“I saw a black pick up truck making the turn from Fillmore onto Arcadia really quick, with a white pick up chasing him. I don’t know what happened. The black truck was definitely moving, probably doing close to 80 or 90 down Arcadia right past my office.”
Lynch didn’t know where the ruckus had started, but he called police and reported what he witnessed.
“They said they had already spoken to at least a couple other people.”
Officers discovered Legacy & Co. Jewelers at 1111 E. Fillmore St. had been robbed. At the time of this writing, they have released few details, including what was taken and whether the suspect and employee had exchanged gunfire. The suspect is expected to survive.
“I feel most bad for the small business owner of the jewelry store. As a small business owner, I just have a tremendous amount of respect for people that are out there trying to make it on their own and do a good job because they were passionate about their business, and it hurts me most to think about a small business owner going through something like this … I wish them and their families just the best,” Lynch said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. To submit an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.
“Hopefully they catch the guys. Hopefully we can go back to living in doing business and working on Fillmore,” Lynch said.
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