A man who allegedly shot the owner of a jewelry store in Alamo during an attempted robbery Thursday night has been identified as 50-year-old Alamo resident Thomas Bennett, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said today. Bennett, who was also shot during the incident, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery. The sheriff’s office received a call shortly after 7:10 p.m. reporting an attempted robbery at the Alamo Jewelry Mart at 3189 Danville Blvd., Suite 140, in unincorporated Contra Costa County, Lee said. Dispatchers were told that someone had been shot. Deputies responded and found the owner of the shop, a 53-year-old Hercules man, outside suffering from several gunshot wounds to his upper torso, Lee said. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he remained in critical condition this afternoon, Lee said. Bennett was still holed up inside the shop when deputies arrived and kept them at bay with a gun. Several times during the standoff, Bennett allegedly pointed the gun at his own head and threatened to shoot himself, Lee said. Deputies negotiated with Bennett for about an hour and eventually convinced him to surrender. He was also taken to John Muir Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Investigators believe Bennett was attempting to rob the store when he and the owner of the store shot each other, Lee said. Investigators have not been able to interview Bennett and don’t know his motive, Lee said. He had several handguns in his possession.
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