Phoenix, Arizona

From Phoenix’ KPHO.com of July 2, 2007

Armed Robbery Escalates Into 2 Gun Battles

2 Robbers Wounded

What began as an armed robbery at a South Phoenix jewelry store escalated into two gun battles on Monday, leaving two of the three robbers wounded, police said.

The first gun battle erupted outside Luxor Jewelers between the robbers — a woman and two men — and store employees, police said.

The two men jumped a block wall, officers said.

Two jewelry employees chased them on foot, where a second gun battle broke out near the parking lot of a K-Mart store at 331 E. Baseline Road.

Both men were hit by bullets, detectives said. One of them suffered life-threatening injuries, according to officers.

The second robber was driven to a hospital by the woman, police said. Officers said they caught up with them there.

One of the jewelry store employees was grazed by bullet and treated at the scene, police said.

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