Shots Fired During Armed Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Danville Costco

DANVILLE (CBS SF) — Police were looking for three men who robbed a Costco store in Danville and fired a gun twice before fleeing the scene Friday afternoon.

Police said around 12:15 p.m., two masked men walked in the Costco on Fostoria Way and headed for a jewelry display near the front entrance, using a hammer to smash open a case displaying Rolex watches.

When a Costco employee confronted the suspects, the second suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire. Witnesses said they heard at least two shots.

No one was hit, but one person was treated for shock after they fell trying to get out of the suspects’ way, Danville police spokesman Geoff Gillette said. That person was transported to the hospital.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene. “People were hiding behind things because we didn’t know what was going on,” said shopper Karen Paniagua.

“Very scary, very scary,” said worker Rose Diaz. “They made us all get under the table.”

The two robbers ran outside to a waiting car and police said one robber fired another shot in the air as they drove away. Initial reports indicate the suspect vehicle is a silver Toyota Camry with red, grey and white paper plates driven by a third suspect.

While the two robbers inside the Costco had masks on, the getaway driver did not and he was described by police as white or Hispanic, but no further description.

Police remained at the Costco investigating for several hours the situation.

The same Costco location was also robbed earlier this month when masked suspects also used a hammer to smash a display case.

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