Owner Mario Perez and three employees were in the store at the time. Suddenly, the robber, Deangelo Lamarr Jackson, fired a number of shots. Perez and an employee, who were both armed, returned fire, wounding Jackson in the chest and a forearm.
The three thugs fled empty-handed. Perez and his employees were not harmed, but Jackson only made it some 200 yards away from the store before he collapsed and died.
An employee of a nearby business who heard the gun battle called 9-11. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies swarmed the area, but were unable to locate the other two criminals, whose getaway car was found behind a Home Depot store about a block from Don Mario Jewelry.
The April 8 Torrance Daily Breeze reported that, according to authorities, store owner Perez and his armed employee "apparently acted in self-defense ... and probably will not face legal consequences." A sheriff's lieutenant was quoted as saying, "I don't believe [they] have any problem."