SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBS) — A jewelry store employee fatally shot two suspected robbers during a botched heist Friday morning.

The attempted robbery happened at 11:15 a.m. at Monaco Jewelers, 33955 Doheny Park Road, Orange County Sheriff’s department officials said.

“At some point in that robbery, a gunfight broke out in the store between the robbers and the employees. As a result of that gunfight, two of the suspects are dead,” said Lt. Steve Doan.

Officials say a third suspect fled the scene. He is described as a black man about six feet tall, wearing a white shirt and dark pants, Doan said.

The California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s officials have closed several surrounding streets and evacuated a nearby Costco as they searched the area.

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Comments (84)
  1. adolfo says:

    I am glad these owners are fighting back and packin heat. Maybe that will teach people not to hold up any stores and maybe try getting a job if they want money.

    1. Lonnie Fehr says:

      lol ,,, they took a wrong turn there … and they want us 2 have no weapons ,,,,,,,

    2. Grimmy says:

      Too bad the employee will probably be fired 😛

    3. scot says:

      They forgot to mention the brown stain in the pants of the one that got away…..

  2. Phiilip says:

    Two down/one to go. Good marksmanship is truly a wonderful thing.

    1. adolfo says:

      Gun control= using two hands. See gun control does work! I say shoot the last guy on sight if they find him so we don’t was valuable tax dollars on this waste of a human life!

    2. sue says:

      Yes. Two pieces of trash down and 1 piece of trash to go.

  3. Barbi Winters says:

    To JosephK. Thieves know all about jobs. They don’t want one. It’s not about education. It’s about lifestyle. A job would be so much less drama. OH WELL! It’s a shame for their families.

    1. DAN says:


  4. timothyliao says:

    Thieves are too prideful to work the graveyard shift at the 7/11 – they rather rob it. So don’t tell me all this bleeding heart stuff

    1. dean says:

      personally, not being a psycho analyst, i would not know conclusively why thieves are thieves. further, many thieves work and some even make millions, so, i do not think your generalized characterization hold.

      1. Dennis Habern says:

        Hey Einstein:

        How do you know some thieves work and some make millions?

  5. kc says:

    your correct about those thieves, but what about catching em when there young, so this day would have never come for them…is there no logic in that for some of you?

    1. LA's the place says:

      No logic in that because the Gov’t sticks its nose in the parents business. Try to discipline your kid and they call the cops and you get sent to jail. What is the point anymore, parents just let them do want they want nowadays, cross their fingers and hope for the best..

      1. Michael J. McDermott says:

        I agree with you. I stitch in time saves nine.
        A GOOD AS$ WAILIN’ a long time ago might have done the trick.

    2. curtis A. says:

      Rich thieves are called politicians.

  6. timothyliao says:

    Not cool. They deserved to be shot because they were criminals not because they were Black

    1. timothyliao says:

      Can a moderator take off my remark? I was just responding to someone else’s racist stupidity.

    2. DigitalBob says:

      Hate to tell you but if they are black, chances are they are criminals as well.

    3. Bob Roberts says:

      And they were shot because they were criminals, not because they were black. I’m sure lots of blacks shop in that store and don’t get shot. These three (I’m guessing the other two “matched” the one that got away since the news wasn’t good enough to report their race) weren’t targeted because of their race – they were targeted because of the criminal acts they engaged in.

  7. Jenny says:

    Why should “we” create jobs for them and educate them. Education is out there for free. And nobody ever created a job for me, but I don’t go robbing you.

    1. dean says:

      unless you are unemployed, jenny, we did create a job for you. the existance of government is precisely what set up an environment for you to work and have a job. there is a community benefit from the existance of government. similary, there is a community benefit from education and schools, even if you do not attend. you might wish to consider that a home owner pays property=school tax even if they have no children and are not going to go to school themselves. side note: very selfish and/or naive opinion of yours to imply that YOU created your own job.

    2. James and Peg says:

      dean is wrong. government exsists because of “We the People.” read your (our) Constitution, pal…..

    3. dean says:

      you mean the one suspended by the patriot act? but, the constitution you site does support my argument, since the govt IS we the people, n’est pas?

      1. Bob Roberts says:

        1) The Constitution was not suspended by the Patriot Acts (there were more than one).

        2) Obama, the Democrats in Congress and the activist judges appointed mostly by Democrats (but a few by Republicans too) have done more to shred the Constitution than anyone else.

        3) The purpose of the Constitution was to impose strict limits on government and protect our freedoms. Like freedom to own guns, freedom to openly express our religious beliefs – and yet thanks to the left, thanks to so-called “liberals” and “progressives” government is becoming overpowering, we are having our guns taken away and we are being told we cannot express our religion for a multitude of ridiculous reasons.

        I think George Washington said it best:

        Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

      2. Taco flavored kisses says:

        Although a little radical, I am not completely in disagreement with you. Utah, Oregon, Texas are among a few of the states that allows open carry. If I chose to walk down the street with an exposed gun in L.A., I could fall along US constitutional guidelines and the government would be powerless but the fight to do so would be enormous.

    4. mike says:

      Hey Dean,

      Since you think you’re so smart, try using correct words….it’s cite, not site. DUH! People like you crack me up.

    5. Dennis Habern says:

      To answer your reply as best as I can, it is in their genes. As far as I am

      concerned, they are all born with one taco, short of a full platter and with that

      said, it does not say too much for the idiot that calles himself the PRETENDER

      that sits in the White House, and flaps his gums but never says anything

      worthwihile for the good of our country, if you follow. He should have stuck

      with basketball like his brother-in-law.

  8. bounce says:

    Excellent outcome. I hope the employee who had to shoot the robbers deals with the mental aftermath OK.

    1. Astonished says:

      One of these brainless yahoo’s tried to rob a jewelery story in my area. The owner had been there, done that once too often.

      I can tell you that is one lowlife that will NOT be robbing anyone ever again. And guess what. . .the jewelery store was never robbed again either! I guess not washing all thoses blood stains off the paivement in front of the door worked wonders!!

    2. alan hart says:

      They will have to buy a round of beer for the house at the big celebration party.

    3. Realityblowz says:

      Wonder if he can use the spent rounds as a business tax write off?

  9. Will says:

    Uhhhhh.. Timothyliao… Who said they were black????

    1. timothyliao says:

      Sorry my comment was a response to a Racist remark that was taken off earlier. I was telling some one else it was uncool for being Racist. But they didn’t take my part off so it makes me look bad.

    2. alan hart says:

      Will, please read the story all the way to the end. I know with your apparent limited education, this may be difficult and time consuming but try anyway.

    3. porscheguy says:

      Uh the article said they were balck, or did you not bother to read it?

    4. Bob Roberts says:

      Well the funny thing was they only mentioned the one that got away was black. They didn’t say about the two who were shot – they could have been white (which includes hispanic, by the way, even though for some reason whites are frowned on and hispanics are also called “people of color”, go figure!), black or asian.

      Chances are, though, that it wasn’t a mixed race group I would guess. Perhaps better reporting would clear that up?

    5. Dennis Habern says:

      The one pervert robber that got away, was reported to be black. The

      two dead morons, were probably black too, if you follow.

  10. timothyliao says:

    Many of these young people don’t want jobs they want the jobs the feel they deserve. They don’t want to work from the bottom up, they want jobs where they come in and people are already under them. They don’t listen to authority and want things easy for them. We have created a society where rappers equate themselves to those with MBAs and think they can survive in American business. Not everyone can be as lucky as P Diddy

  11. James and Peg says:

    Nice work, but you libs out there have no problem allowing a jewler to have a gun to protect diamonds and pearls while our women cannot carry for the simple reason of protecting themselves against rapists and killers. California and libs all suck.

    1. Bob Roberts says:

      Woah there… I’m a native born Californian and am as sick as you are of the faux “liberals”, “progressives” and in general leftists who are ruining this and other formerly great states. Not all Californians are sick and twisted as the leftists and, sadly most Democrats (the Democratic party once had a lot to offer – no longer) and to be honest even some of the so-called “conservatives” and Republicans (just take our ex-Governator, PLEASE!) weren’t so hot either.

      So don’t just lump all of California and it’s citizens into the dung heap the way you did. Not all of us are what you believe us to be. It’s actually a vocal minority who use election fraud and other tactics such as activist judges to thwart the will of the majority.

    2. JM in San Diego CA says:

      Jim and Margaret (presumably the Andersons from “Father Knows Best): Your credibility is zero, since you didn’t allow for Conservative Californians who can’t bail out because of family obligations.

  12. Astonished says:

    In case you have NOT been reading, listening or watching the news, an education AND job creation doesn’t do a darn thing! We have a whole class of very well educated, career people with great salaries who rob people of millions, and I’m NOT talking about the Government.

    One of the biggest problems we have is our judicial system, which just can’t seem to grow a spine or a pair of huevos! Why bother staying in school or keeping a job when you can become a career welfore recipient. And who cares about doing time? Even if your unlucky enough to actually do time, they let you go early and while your in there you have more rights than law-abiding citizens!

  13. LA's the place says:

    Baloney. Tehn you will have educated criminals like Bernie Madoff and the Craigslist killer. Once a crook always a crook, you can’t educate it out of people.

  14. Bobio says:

    Very nice. Very nice

  15. alan hart says:

    For those of you opposed of gun ownership, this is exactly why we carry weapons. When you can show me that the bad guys stop carrying weapons, I discuss giving up my gun.

    1. Bob Roberts says:

      Great point. Criminals, by defintion, ignore and break laws. Pass a gun control law and you disarm law-abiding citzens and give criminals an automatic, overwhelming advantage. Liberals/progressives/leftists, unfortunately, are so mentallyl ill they cannot understand such simple concepts.

  16. Sue says:


  17. sue says:

    What fantasy land do you live in? Stop having pieces of trash. Hundreds of people have FREE education, but live in the war zone.

  18. sue says:

    Enough!!! Finally the Robbers are GETTING WHAT THEY DESERVE

  19. Justice says:

    Now if we can shoot the CEO of the banking industry that took our money….

  20. Justice says:

    Now if we can shoot the CEO of the banking industry that rob our money….

  21. df says:

    Now if we can shoot the CEO of the banking industry that rob our money….

  22. joey goinutz says:

    Not that it matters what race the suspects are,evil comes in all colors, but why cant the media announce the race of the remaining suspect if the police release the info??? The reporter on channel 7 described the remaining suspect as a male,approx 6 feet tall. If thats all the information that is available why bother putting such limited info out in the first place to the community.

    1. Bob Roberts says:

      The surviving suspect was identified as a black male in this story online. DId you miss it or did they maybe edit the story to include it after you commented? Plus I think we have a right and a need to know more about the two dead suspects – were they black, white or asian? Hispanic? What? Unfortunately in todays’ politically correct world they often withhold the details about criminals if they’re “minorities”.

      1. Dennis Habern says:

        Hey Bob Roberts:

        Well said. “IF THEY ARE MINORITIES.” What is it, is American still

        practicing Political Correctness? The minorities, like Obama, continually to

        receive a pass, but why is this permitted? Obama will be history in 2012, but

        what about the rest of the uneducted minorities? Most of the crime that

        originates in the United States, is caused by BLACKS and HISPANICS, but

        the real Americans , the American Indians whom have room to complain

        because of the loss of their lands and oil resources, hardly ever misbehave.

        The reason why BLACKS and HISPANICS are a trouble-some race, is the

        fact that a WHITE GOVERNMENT caters to these lazy, good-for-nothing fools.

  23. Robert S. says:

    Good job for the employee, but his trouble may just be starting. Once the lawyers get the “wrongful death” charges, they will build a civil suit against the employee for the shooting deaths, and take it to court because their civil rights were abused! Knowing the “system”, the families will be awarded out of court settlement checks, and justice will be done?

    1. Dennis Habern says:

      Just today, the French were complaining about that ex-Frenchman who

      resigned from his position as the World Monetary Fund administrator because

      it seems that in America, our justice system indicates innocent to proven

      guilty, but in reality, they really mean guilty until proven innocent, and rightfully

      so. I grew up with guns in our family in Up-State New York, and I have

      always believed how nice it would have been to be able to carry a concealed

      weapon when walking in a strange town, of example, but today, with the

      way the laws favor the perpetrator, I would rather take my chances of not

      getting involved in any type of shootout, if you follow. If more Ameicans were

      permitted to carry, I am sure that a would-be robber would think twice before

      committing a crime involving a weapon.

  24. Jimmy says:

    Gun ownership at its best. Criminals don’t take a legal path to gun ownership, so by enforcing stricter gun laws you’re only disarming the honest. California is a perfect example, some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet this state still has the most gun violence… It’s not registered gun owners out there committing crimes. As for this particular incident, AWESOME!!!!!

  25. DAN says:


  26. Really says:

    Jewelry store? Looks like a pawn shop….”Cash 4 Gold” on the window. And, there’s your answer for why the owners had guns. It was a pawn shop.

    Owner = 2

    Criminals = 0

  27. Charles says:

    Of course they were black…what else is new.
    And before anyone says I’m racist…I’m 100% black 🙂

    1. maggie says:

      You may not be racist but, you are a fool.

      1. Bob Roberts says:

        He was honest, you’re just a name caller and didn’t add anything useful to the discussion. As you said what you said I was predicting you would – you happened to post your comment before I finished mine but I had already written out my prediction people like you would attack “Charles” as you were typing.

        You call him “a fool” – based on what? That he was telling the truth? A truth you cannot accept and will not hear?

      2. Dennis Habern says:

        For Maggie:

        Why is Charles a fool. Charles is calling a Spade a Spade, and no

        offense intended, only the truth. Like Obama, some Blacks cannot

        maintain the truth because it indicates their unwillingness to assimilate.

        Most would rather remain isolated, like the Muslms.

    2. Bob Roberts says:

      Next thing you know they’ll be accusing you of being an “Uncle Tom” for being honest. Part of the problem, part of what is keeping crime so rampant among “minorities” (and it’s not just blacks) is all these excuses they make when a person from some minority group commits a crime. It’s refreshing when someone from a minority group steps up and is honest – good job! That is the first step towards actually helping resolve this instead of just making excuses and casting blame where it does not belong. In particular blaming black crime on either slavery (that ended back in the mid 1800s) or racism (which still exists, but more and more these days it is in the form of reverse racism and particularly institutionalized reverse racism – a majority of whites don’t want have anything to do with racism these days) is a big part of why we can’t get this resolved.

    3. Dennis Habern says:


      Good for you for calling a Spade a Spade.

  28. porscheguy says:

    Cost of a Glock 9mm $700

    Cost of a box of 9mm ammo $20

    two robbers hit in the 10 ring PRICELESS

    Gun Control is taking ot the target!!!!!!!

  29. slash says:

    your crazy ! the word is SITE – look it up DUMMMY look it up on Webster dic@&*^%!!!!!!!!

  30. you can get it says:

    nobody respect a thief you notice alot of those people who rob are getting shot these day.well what do you expect steal from me I have somthing for you.get a job lowlife’s called hot lead lol

  31. TJ says:

    They should give this guy 10% of the money he saved the state by not having to bring these men to trial along with the cost of incarcerating them!

    John Wayne may have not said it, but then “some men deserve dying!”

  32. DigitalBob says:

    Kudos to the store owner although it would have been much better if he could have killed all 3 of them.

  33. Goodgold says:

    Well, that’s a heck of a description of the third dude. Black, six foot tall, white shirt and dark pants. That will certainly narrow it down. I think most of them fit that description.

  34. teapartydoc says:

    I want to know what kind of heat the dude was packing.

  35. Cd says:

    Incredible! The article indicates “a third suspect” as black. The ethnicities of the 2 dead are not mentioned. OMG.

  36. Bob Roberts says:

    If we could only see stories like this we would be able to:

    1) Cut down the congestion in our courts

    2) Relieve overpopulated jails and prisons

    3) Live without fear of criminals waiting for a chance to rob, injure or kill us.


    1. Dennis Habern says:

      Bob Roberts:

      Hey Bob, you are missing the point here, about our wonderful justice

      system. The real forces that are running the United States (not the

      moron president obama) do not want the crime and violence to stop

      because if it stopped, the justice system would be out of a job and

      therefore what “THE NEW WORLD ORDER” is planning for future, might be

      too overt and pinned on George Soros, where it should be, if you follow.

      “THE NEW WORLD ORDER” uses the tactic of diversion, keeping the world

      entertained with one or two major problems (Iraq and Afghanistan), while

      covertly, they attempt to dismantle the United States’ economy and capitalism

      as we know it. Why do you think that the United States is around 28th in the

      world as far as education is concerned? It is the policy of George Soros and

      his motley crew perpetuating an effort to keep America dumb. I know, I am

      an American teacher.

    1. Bob Roberts says:


  37. Lazybum says:

    The description of the one that got away was a typo- they meant to say ” white shirt and pants with a dark stain in back”!

  38. Hal Martin says:

    So, how much trouble the clerk in for killing the robbers. This happened, after all, in California. It is a very serious offense in California to defend yourself, particularly with a gun.

  39. blogengeezer says:

    Studies: 70% of society’s problem people (Career Repeat Offenders) are the spawn of single mothers. Single mothers are supported and nurtured by the ‘Great Society’ instigated by president Lyndon B Johnson (D.. of course).

    Career Repeat Offenders account for the majority of repeat ‘Business’ in govt legalistics. Lawyers for the defence as well as for the prosecution earn their living off the ‘Repeats’. No reason to eliminate them. More reason to keep them re-circulating.

    Enjoy it. It is now a way of life in the USA. BTW give up your guns. You might eliminate one of the ‘producers’. That will definetly anger the Legal parasites dependant on Career Repeat Offenders help in maintaining their higher than avg lifestyle..

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