Mass. Store Shooting May Not Be Robbery-Related

A Massachusetts jewelry store was shot at March 17, but
police believe the gunman wasn’t attempting to rob the store.

Newton police say that, around 4:30 p.m., a man
approached Cristofori Jewelers in Newton, Mass., and opened fire.


Photo courtesy of Newtown Police Department

The store has a buzzer system, but police say the man began
firing shots as soon as he approached the door. “He didn’t try to open the door
and didn’t try to buzz in,” Newton police lieutenant Bruce Apotheker tells JCK.
“He just started shooting.”

After eight shots were fired, the suspect fled. “We don’t
believe it was a robbery attempt,” Apotheker says. “The gunman went there
with the specific intent to shoot into the store.”

No major injuries were reported, but Apotheker says two
women suffered minor injuries. It is not known if a bullet grazed the women or
if the injury was a result of flying debris.

Newton police released the 911 call and say the
investigation is ongoing.

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