Livermore gun store owner fatally shoots suspect during attempted robbery

A Livermore gun shop owner fatally shot a suspect armed with a hammer during an attempted robbery, police said.

The incident happened at East Bay Firearms, located at 4049 First Street, on Sunday around 2:30 p.m, according to the Livermore Police Department.

The suspect, wearing a mask, gloves, and a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, entered the store acting suspiciously, said police.


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Witnesses reported that the suspect, armed with a hammer, attempted to take a firearm. In response, the gun store owner fired two rounds, killing the man.

Authorities have identified the suspect as a 28-year-old man from Redwood City, but have not released his name.

The gun store owner is cooperating with the investigation, and police do not consider him a suspect, as it appears he acted in self-defense, officials said.

At the time of the attempted robbery, there were five customers inside the store. None of them was injured.