What to Know
- Pembroke Pines Police said the incident happened around 2 p.m., when two men tried a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry shop in Pembroke Lakes Mall
- A worker in the store pulled out a concealed firearm and shot both suspects, police said
- Both suspects were taken to a local hospital
Two suspects who were trying to rob a jewelry store in Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines were shot by a store employee Friday, police said.
The shooting happened around 2:15 p.m. at a jewelry shop near the Dillard's store at the mall, Pembroke Pines Police officials said. Footage showed multiple police cars outside the store's entrance.
Officials said the two suspects entered the store and one started smashing glass display cases while the other suspect started grabbing jewelry.
That's when a store employee pulled out his concealed firearm and shot at both suspects, police said.
Surveillance footage from inside the mall shows shoppers and vendors run and take cover as gunshots rang out.
“It was kind of close,” said Devin Lewis, who works at a store nearby. “It was right outside. We heard the gunshots, seen the sparks.”
His store quickly went into lockdown, and he and his coworkers ran to safety.
“We had to lock the doors, shut the lights off and just like go in the back,” Lewis said.
Officers responded to the scene and began to give the suspects medical aid, and both suspects were taken to a nearby hospital where their conditions were unknown.
Police were asking people to avoid the area while they responded to the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.