Hialeah Fla Aug 1 2012 Police said they are investigating a robbery of a Hialeah in which an armed man shot an employee.
He was one of three armed suspects who stormed into the ABC Jewelry Store at 3580 West 18th Avenue in Hialeah just before 6 p.m., police said.
“Everyone was scared for their lives,” Hialeah Police spokesman Det. Carl Zogby said.
The suspects ordered the customers and workers to the ground then started smashing the display cases and taking jewelry. They also took the gun from the security guard who was working inside, police said.
“At some point during this robbery, which took maybe a couple of minutes, they shot the sales clerk,” Zogby said. “He’s been shot at least one time in the abdomen. He’s been transported to Jackson Hospital. He’s in stable condition.”
The victim is Albert Cruz’s cousin.
“It’s shocking, its kind of like you don’t want to believe it,” Cruz said.
The three men took the jewelry and took off in a white car, police said.
Cruz, who owns the store, was not inside when the crime happened but rushed over as soon as he heard about it.
“He’s been around for many years, very successful store, a landmark here in Hialeah, and he’s never been robbed before – just his unlucky day,” Zogby said.