Alleged Hammer-Wielding Robber Targets Gun Store, Gets Shot Dead

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An alleged hammer-wielding robber was shot and killed Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. as he reportedly tried to rob a gun store and the store owner opened fire.

KTVU reported the incident occurred at East Bay Firewarms in Livermore, California.

The 28-year-old alleged robber came into the store “wearing a mask, gloves, and a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head.”

The Livermore Police Department observed that the alleged robber “then attempted to rob the gun store by taking a firearm while armed with a hammer.”

NBC Bay Area noted the store owner then fired two rounds, at least one of which struck the suspect, who died at the scene.

Police viewed the store owner’s actions as self-defense.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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