Two employees of a Hughes supermarket in Chatsworth chased two would-be robbers from their store Wednesday night while one of the holdup men blazed away at them with a pistol they thought was firing blanks.
They were wrong.
Police officer Tom Merkle said he dug three .38-caliber bullets out of the walls and a book in nearby shops. The bullets apparently were fired by one of the holdup men at Brett Born, 21, a clerk, and Steve Owen, 21, the night manager.
Born said the shooting began because one gunman was unable to understand that the store's time-lock safe cannot be opened by the market's workers.
"He couldn't open it, and he started chasing Steve Owen and me around the store, shooting at us because we wouldn't open the safe and give him the money.