From the September 17, 2008 San Francisco Chronicle:
The owner of a San Pablo gift shop shot and killed one of two robbers during a holdup attempt Tuesday, the latest in a spate of heists at the business, police said.
The shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. when two men stormed into A&L Posters at 14650 San Pablo Ave., said San Pablo police Lt. Mark Foisie.
One of the assailants jumped over the counter with a shotgun and was shot dead by the owner, Foisie said. The man's name was not immediately released.
The other would-be robber fled out the front door.
The owner of the business has been robbed at least twice before, police said. About two months ago, he was robbed at the business. Within the past year, he was robbed, beaten and had a weapon fired near his face, Foisie said.
Suspects have been arrested in at least one of the earlier cases, police said.
The shooting is the latest in the East Bay in which store employees have fought back against robbers.
In April, an Oakland liquor store owner shot and wounded a would-be robber who had shot him. That same month, an Oakland store clerk shot and wounded one of two suspected robbers.
In April 2007, the owner of an East Oakland pizzeria shot and killed a would-be robber armed with an assault rifle. A month later, a clerk at an Oakland liquor store shot and killed a 17-year-old who had fired first.