OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland Chinatown liquor store owner was arrested by police after he intervened in a robbery outside his store on Monday, KTVU has learned.
A 36-year-old man faces one count of felony assault with a firearm, authorities said.
A community member told KTVU that the store owner fired four gunshots when he witnessed a woman being robbed for her camera outside his store at 9th and Franklin streets on Monday at about 5:45 p.m. No one was injured after his gun went off.
Oakland's new police chief addressed what occurred at a Tuesday news conference.
"We don't want people to fire weapons into our community. There could be unintended victims," Chief LeRonne Armstrong said.
The chief's message was that Oakland should come together as a community and citizens should not put one another in harm's way.
The store owner was bailed out on Tuesday at $60,000, the sheriff's department said.
The Alameda County District Attorney's office will review the case. There is no timeline available on when the possible charges will be filed.
Armstrong said there is now a liason officer assigned to Oakland's Chinatown neighborhood as the neighborhood faces safety concerns.