DAVID DANELSKI, ALEX GROVES and ALICIA ROBINSON
Published: Dec. 6, 2015 Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 6:00 a.m.
Updates with comments from nearby residents, mallgoers
Three men who used hand tools to rob the Ben Bridge jewelry store in the Galleria at Tyler Sunday, Dec. 6, in Riverside prompted a massive police response due to earlier reports of a shooting. The suspects remained at large.
“It went out over police channels as a shooting because apparently people heard the sound of breaking glass and they confused it with gunfire,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said.
More than 30 police vehicles responded — including several from Rialto and San Bernardino – and officers were geared up with assault rifles.
The rumor of a shooting and the massive police response sent chills down Violet Gonzalez’s spine.
“I’m scared,” said Gonzalez, of Riverside, who lives near the area where police were searching for suspects. “Who wouldn’t be scared with everything that’s going on with ISIS? When you hear something like this is happening it makes you think there is a terrorist attack.”