WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – An employee and a customer at a wireless phone store in Wheat Ridge say they fought back when a a gunman with a loaded M-16 assault rifle tried to rob the store.

The crime happened late Thursday morning at the the Advantage Wireless store on the 3900 block of Wadsworth Boulevard.

Police say the suspect entered the store and then locked himself in.

At some point the female employee tried to stop the gunman and was injured slightly when the suspect hit her in the head with the butt of the rifle. A customer inside was also involved in trying to stop the robbery.

Two people outside the store apparently figured out what was going on and tried to barricade the door so the suspect couldn’t get out. That’s when the suspect began shooting. His bullets shattered the store’s glass door.

A witness said a black SUV sped out of the parking lot a few moments later.

A witness told CBS4 he heard and saw some of what happened.

“We kind of just heard a really loud splatter of the glass,” he said. “You just don’t like it to happen around you.”

Police are reviewing surveillance images and working to gather a description of what the suspect looked like. He didn’t get away with any money or merchandise.

“This is very unusual,” police spokeswoman Lisa Stigell said. “It’s unusual that it’s a wireless cell phone company, that he had a giant rifle, it’s the middle of the day. So there’s a lot of investigation that’s going to have to take place on this one before we have some answers.

The employee refused medical treatment and stayed on duty in the store, which remained opened Thursday afternoon.

Comments (11)
  1. Allen says:

    Gian assault rifle? It’s a .223 caliber. Not giant at all. And unless it was military issue, it was not an M-16 assault rifle, but a civilian AR-15. It wouldn’t be fully automatic, so it wouldn’t be any more dangerous than any other semi-automatic weapon (such as a 14 round 9mm, .380, etc.). Are you guys anti-gun or just trying to make this more than it was?

    1. Jeff says:

      It’s the media and yes typically anti gun. Totally ignorant of gun knowledge.

  2. Cat MacKinnon says:

    to expand on what Allen said, it’s not even an AR-15. it’s a Kel-Tec SUB 2000, which fires 9mm or .40 caliber pistol cartridges. i used to own one.

    that doesn’t change that this was a unfortunate crime, but the weapon was hardly a fully-automatic “assault rifle”.

  3. Sam R says:

    That is NOT AN M16!!!!!! It is a Kel-Tec SUB 2000. I guess fact doesn’t matter! You people will read anything that is put on the teleprompter. Channel 4 news where catchy sensational catch words get more viewers.

  4. Thor says:

    Who came up with the language used in tonights report?? The tapped segment that was aired did not show an M16 which can be selected for full auto or semi auto fire. An M-16 shoots what amounts to a varmit round–556mm NATO or .223. Not even legal for big game in Colorado. You guys could not tell the difference between one of the many makers of the 15 (developed by Armalite but sold to Colt’s) and other makers like Rock River Arms by the film. The AR-10 is its big brother in mostly .308 but larger calibers as well. Armalite owns the name of AR-10. You need a consultant to advise you. You make similar mistakes on a weekly basis. Retired Cop

  5. Jack says:

    I was there I should know that it was a squirt gun

  6. A reporter says:

    It’s amazing how they don’t even try to correct an innacuracy! Idiots!!!

  7. Joe says:

    Looks like Richard Petty

  8. John says:

    So since we are now told by the gun admirers that it wasn’t an M-16 but just a SUB-2000 I guess there is really no story here. Just another citizen using his protected right to use a deadly weapon to take what he wants and terrorize the public.

    1. Bob Dobbs says:

      An M-16 would be fairly big news, as fully automatic weapons (like the M-16) are very tightly controlled, and owning one illegally is a federal offense punishable up to 20 years in jail (IIRC). Privately owned ones run somewhere around $20,000 or so for a transferrable receiver, so I wouldn’t imagine someone blowing that kind of cash just to get $80 bucks out of a cash register till.

      A sub-2000 is a carbine chambered in a pistol round (usually 9mm or .40), and is not fully automatic.

      People educated on firearms take immediate notice when a fully automatic weapon comes up in the news, as it is an exceedingly rare event, so it’s a bit of an annoyance when one is mislabelled like this.

      Somebody misusing a firearm is still a dangerous event, and is definately newsworthy in and of itself, and I don’t believe anybody has a “right” to rob a store with one. I’m not sure where you’ve gotten that impression from.

  9. Tom says:

    I think channel 4 needs to retract their identification of the weapon used and report the TRUTH because I can prove the Wheat Ridge police department correctly identified the weapon as a Kel Tec Sub2000 9mm folding carbine and in fact not an M16 “assault rifle”. Come clean channel 4 because you are ruining your credibility.

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