Women Arrested After Shoplifting at JC Penny, Shooting at Security

During the struggle, one suspect pulled out a gun, firing at and missing the guards at JC Penny in Concord, police said.

Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 6:54 PM PDT
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The women were arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, battery, brandishing a firearm, possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, possession of stolen property and threatening a witness to a crime.

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Four women were arrested in Concord and Pleasant Hill Thursday evening after one allegedly shot at JC Penney security guards who tried to detain the women for shoplifting.

Concord police responded around 5:45 p.m. Thursday to a call of a shoplifting and shooting in the JC Penney parking lot at Sunvalley Mall.

Store security had detained four women there for shoplifting.

The women resisted and physically assaulted two of the security guards. During the struggle, one suspect pulled out a gun, firing at and missing the guards, police said.

Two of the women ran out of the parking lot, while the other two sped away in a car.

An officer spotted the suspects' car about 10 minutes later on state Highway 4 and stopped the vehicle near Port Chicago Highway.

The officer stopped and arrested the two women without incident and the other two suspects were arrested near Contra Costa Boulevard and Concord Avenue in Pleasant Hill, police said.

The women -- whose names and ages have not yet been released -- were arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, battery, brandishing a firearm, possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, possession of stolen property and threatening a witness to a crime.

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