A man was robbed at gunpoint with a shot fired and a witness attempting to intervene was pistol-whipped in broad daylight at a Danville shopping center on Saturday, according to police.
The three culprits drove away from the Livery Shopping Center after the armed robbery and remained at-large into Sunday, police said.
The situation unfolded around 2:44 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Livery in the 200 block of Sycamore Valley Road. A man was approached by three armed people as he exited a shop and walked toward his parked car, according to Danville police.
"As two of the suspects were taking a watch from the victim, a witness to the crime attempted to intervene. One of the suspects struck the witness with a pistol," police said. "At one point during the robbery, one of the suspects fired one round from their firearm."
Police did not report whether the gunshot hit any person.
The three robbers fled the scene in a vehicle, according to police – who did not provide descriptions of the suspects nor their vehicle.
There was speculation on social media that individuals detained in Oakland after a police chase on Sunday were connected to the Danville armed robbery from the day before, but Police Chief Allan Shields told DanvilleSanRamon, "We do not believe the pursuit into Oakland is related to the Danville case."
The investigation into the robbery remains ongoing, police said. Anyone with information can contact Danville police Sgt. Jacob Bell at 925-314-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday's incident marks the third armed robbery reported publicly in Danville in the past month and a half, following a Rolex watch theft in the Trader Joe's parking lot on July 1 and a robbery attempt with gunfire on Hartford Road on June 21.