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Man shot in botched San Bernardino pawn shop robbery dies

By in Press Enterprise on January 11, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A San Bernardino pawn shop employee wounded in a shoot-out with two armed robbers Wednesday afternoon has died, San Bernardino police officials confirmed Thursday.

The unidentified man was wounded when two men wearing surgical masks, walked into the shop at 2601 Highland Ave. and threw a device, most likely a Molotov cocktail, into the business, police said.

The robbers then became involved in a gunbattle with employees. Three people – including the wounded employee — were taken to the hospital. The employee later died. His identity was not immediately available.

The armed men then ran off, but crashed their cars nearby, officials said. It wasn’t clear whether the robbers were wounded during the shooting which some witnesses said unleashed nearly a dozen bullets.

San Bernardino police tweeted the pair were last seen on Valaria Drive south of the shop. They are described as black, in their mid-20s with medium builds last seen wearing black hoodies, black pants and wearing surgical masks. They are believed to be armed. Police ask anyone who sees them to call 911.

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