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Gold N' Treasures Closes After Shooting; Neighbors React

Employees and customers at neighboring businesses said they didn't notice anything wrong until after the botched robbery.

A day after an attempted robbery at that left an 18-year-old would-be robber dead, the jewelry store announced it would be closed for the next several days.

The storefront was empty and the lights were off in the shop on the 2500 block of San Ramon Valley Boulevard. A note on the front door explained the closure:

To Our Customers and Friends,

Due to an un-fortunate incident we will be closed for the next several days. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Sincerely,
The Gold N' Treasures Team

On Wednesday afternoon, , San Ramon Police said. One of the robbers, , 18, brandished a gun and was shot by someone in the store. He then left the store, collapsed on San Ramon Valley Boulevard, and later died at .

Police are still seeking the other three suspects, who police said left the scene in a 1990s white sedan.

According to Mantra.com, a small business website, the store is owned by Everett Parvin.

Parvin could not be reached for comment.

The candy store next door to Gold N' Treasures, Oh So Sweet, , is also owned by the Parvin family. It was closed Thursday as well.

Employees and customers at neighboring businesses said they didn't hear the gunshot but that the shopping center turned into a hectic scene after the robbery attempt.

Jessica Lin, owner of , which is located a few stores down from Gold N' Treasures, said she didn't hear the gunshot but saw "three young kids" who were "skinny, tall and black and wearing t-shirts" run away from the scene.

Next door, at , Jeannie Kohles arrived around 4 p.m. and was eating and talking with the staff. She didn't notice anything out of the ordinary until she heard helicopters outside.

"We knew something had happened," Kohles said. "We went outside and saw the helicopters and police cars and the police started closing off the area."

Hairstylist Dalila Castanon, who works at Twenty-Five+Fifty Hair Studio, which is about 30 yards from Gold N' Treasures, also didn't hear anything and thought it might have been a hit-and-run when she first noticed police arriving at the scene.

Gloria Cheung, an employee at , wasn't working Wednesday, but said the shooting has affected business.

"We haven't had any customers last night or this morning and we're not expecting any tonight," Cheung said. "Hopefully it doesn't stay like that for long."

The shooting Wednesday was in the same shopping center as the . In that incident, San Ramon police officers shot Joseph John Baumgardner after he pointed a gun at them.

Wendy Harrison June 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
If you want to play with swords, be prepared to die by the sword.
SRVDAD June 01, 2012 at 04:53 AM
if it were my business i'd close up and head to another town where thugs are met by a police force that means business. I'm glad young boy was met looking straight down the barrel of a loaded gun. don't feel sorry for this banger its not like he was unarmed when he got shot. i hope the dead guys gang does not come back for revenge. i will not nor wife and kids shop in san ramon or patronize any business there, its just not a safe place anymore. i am a long term resident of the sr valley since 1984. NO MORE...
R June 01, 2012 at 10:54 AM
You can thank Abram Wilson for allowing/wanting all the section 8 housing in San Ramon. I'm truly disgusted that we are now dealing with crime throughout the city. Danville & Alamo doesn't deal with this because they haven't had a whole new community built & so much section 8 allowed in the past few years.
SRVDADalso June 01, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Hire a black Mayor and you'll get what's coming to you.
R June 01, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Actually, my comment had nothing to do with A. Wilson being black but rather that he was wanting/pushing for the section 8 housing but he had no plan or understanding what it would do to our community & how to prevent trouble once you add that many section 8 residences.
Dennis June 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
SRVDAD and R.You are idiot's
Phyllis June 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Thank you Dennis. You summed it up well. If SRVDAD is that down on San Ramon, let's hope he moves his racist butt out of here. And we need to fully support the merchants at that shopping center now more than ever. They have been victimized by a violent crime and that poor man had to take a life. Regardless of the circumstance I am sure it is weighing heavy on him.
SR&PROUD June 01, 2012 at 03:50 PM
SRVDAD and R you are both complete idiots.. SR police aint perfect, but they do take care of business- apparently you forgot the incident at 7'11 last year- young man brandishing a weapon- points it a the police - he's dead now. end of story.. thats taking care of business imo.. PD cant be at every business or resident.. at any given moment.. as for the Section 8 housing, if you attended one single council meeting or even talked to Wilson when he was our mayor you idiots would know that Abraham was 100% against Section 8-- it was ALL THE COUNTRY NOT WILSON OR San Ramon that wanted it and they fought to keep it out of our city.. to no avail.. O AND BTW all those who voted NO on W - you voted to allow MORE LOW INCOME HOUSING in this city now that all of the power is in the hands of the county! So you can thank YOURSELVES FOR THAT! NOT ABRAM he LOVED THIS CITY and always wanted the BEST FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY. regardless- this POS was from hayward not SR...morons...
Kim Bringman June 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
R, all citys are required to have some low income housing. Read up on Ca laws.. These kids are more likely not from the SR Valley!! Praise to Abram Wilson for the Fine Job he did as mayor!!! he is surly missed
Kim Bringman June 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
We do not need racists living in our area..this is the cause of many problems..shame on you for this comment!!!
Kim Bringman June 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
SR&Proud could not have said it better...Things are certainly going down hill with the new regime in town..They can't manage the 4th of July fireworks..so we wont have them..whats next!!!!
Sue June 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I didn't realize how many racist pigs there are in San Ramon - Very Sad! People are people, anyone can be a decent citizen and anyone can be a jerk and break the law! The San Ramon Police are wonderful! Any time I've called for any incident, they have come out within a few minutes and handled the situation. I believe it's pretty sad when this racist pig SRVDAD makes comments he knows NOTHING about. San Ramon would be a MUCH BETTER PLACE if you moved your sorry butt out of the area!
Dennis June 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
SR&PROUD, Kim and Sue. All well said.If you don't like the San Ramon area or the 925 area code move your sorry ass out of town and be sure and take SRDAD and R with you.We have lived here since 1979 and raised three kids in what I think is a safe and nice area.Mayor Wilson and Chief Holder have done a great job.
adolfo June 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
We need to be careful not to search for the guilty and punish the innocent. San Ramon has had its share of crime from folks not living in Section 8 Housing. I get the subtle associations implied by invoking Mayor Wilson and Section 8...
R June 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I don't know how disagreeing with Section 8 makes a person a racist! I never once mentioned race or a negative thing about our police having any control over these robbery.....I cleary stated that Section 8 brings in some (not all) families & visitors that are leaving their illegal behavior in their old community & bringing it to our community. If that statement makes me an idiot to you Dennis, so be it. I'm not a racist..I just don't want illegal activity coming to our community! Did you hear about a woman who was mugged weeks ago walking on Alcosta by a group of thugs?? So Dennis, as a long time resident, when can you ever remember reading about a mugging in SR? I've lived here a long time too...and I've never heard of someone being mugged in the middle of the day (or at any time). Whether you like to realize it or not, the Section 8 has brought in much more illegal activity to our community! That isn't racist...I don't care what color a person is...I just don't want crime coming into my beloved city! Period!!
Cherry June 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
YOU ARE GROSS
Sue June 02, 2012 at 03:41 AM
R, whether you know it or not, there are several "group homes" in the San Ramon & Danville neighborhoods. I would be more apt to think bad behavior comes from them rather than Section 8 housing. I have lived in Danville for 26+ years and just within the past couple years found out about the "group homes." I don't believe they should be allowed. Kids that have got into trouble and they can't or don't want to live with their parents so they spread them out amongst hard-working tax paying citizens that pay good money to live in the what "used to be" safer areas. I found this information out from a couple of San Ramon officers a couple years ago. They are not happy about them being placed in our neighborhoods either. I think if they make sex offenders register so the public can see where they're living, that they should also announce to the public where they are allowing these group homes to move in. They probably get better rent than us because I believe the court system sets them up!
Jim Pringle June 02, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I couldn't agree more with Kim B. Nice try stirring the pot. But if that's how you really feel, your friends and neighbors know who you really are anyways.
Ally Gator June 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I don't get why anyone is pointing fingers at Abram Wilson. Why would you assume he was responsible for adding Section 8 housing? Her certainly couldn't have orchestrated that without the agreement of our other elected officials, many of whom are still in office.
Sash June 02, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Racism is alive and well! Thank you for re-assuring what most of us already know. San Ramon is full of racist. And its not just the white folks. I've heard numerous Hindus in the area slur racist remarks regarding the Hispanics that mow their lawns and clean their homes. San Ramon has a very low African American population because of this racism, they just aren't accepted in this area and that is the most disgusting thing I've witnessed. San Ramon has simply gone down hill and all the riches of that community have created self serving, right winged racist of all nationalities. Just know, most of us are simply waiting for the rest of you to evolve.
Sash June 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
R, rich people participate in illegal activity as well. Its not a black or white thing, its not poor or rich thing, its an individual choice. Chances are one of your rich neighbors that you are so fond of is starting his morning with a line of coke before he makes another drug run. Some of the most amazing citizens in society have come from section 8. My mama had to use food stamps but it didn't stop me from forging ahead in the right direction, it actually gave me the food to get there. Sadly, you just aren't evolved enough to understand. Hopefully some day...
Janice P Ellis June 03, 2012 at 03:19 PM
You have GOT to be kidding, SRVDAD! You will not patronize any business in San Ramon because it's "just not safe" anymore???? I've lived in San Ramon since 1989 and I dare you to find a community in the Bay Area of comparable population with our crime stats. The robber wasn't a San Ramon resident. It was his decision, along with his three thug friends, to come here and commit this robbery. So where do you plan to shop? According to the Sperlings Best Places website, both Dublin and Walnut Creek have the same crime stats San Ramon does (3 on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being the worst). Livermore's violent crime stat is 4. When I moved to San Ramon in, our violent crime stat was 1, but, we also had a population of around 25,000. We're not as safe as we used to be, but, I believe San Ramon is still a beautiful, safe community and I still love living here. I feel so bad for these store owners. Their family must be so traumatized by this. I shopped at the Safeway across the street yesterday and saw a group of people near the store as I left. No one gets up and goes to work in the morning thinking they may have to kill someone that day. Just very sad.
Janice P Ellis June 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Wow, RACIST MUCH, SRVDADalso??? That is the most BLATENTLY racist comment I've heard on this forum in a very long time. You poor thing. Wake up!! People are individuals, not just a race. There are good and bad in ALL races. Do us all a favor - post your address so we'll make SURE we don't accidently move into your neighborhood. Especially me - as a black person, you'd probably burn a KKK symbol on my front lawn. I would hate to be walking around in that racist, stereotyping, narrow-minded head of yours.
Mr.G June 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
He was no young boy.
Rena Waterson June 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM
WOW...how bout those "Niners"!!! I think it's time to put this one to rest.
Susan June 09, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Good idea Rena.....I cannot believe I am reading these comments coming from adults in 2012. Shocked to say the least. For one thing, these suspects were from another town (Hayward) they were not part of Section * or Low Income Housing in SR. I know the owner of the jewelry store and I am thankful he or his employees/customers were not injured in this attempted robbery. Sadly his life will be tramatized by having to protect his property but he had no other choice. As far as the robbers, they were teenagers who made a horrible life decision and cost one their life. They too have families that have now lost a member. The whole situation is sad and unfortunate. San Ramon is a wonderful, diviserfied place of people and cultures, I personally love it. I am sorry some of the above people actually have these opinions they are expressing. Let's go Niners Susan
Tom June 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
It is not racisim to look at decades of violent crime statistics gathered by DOJ/FBI or is it? When you see people go the the R card it is because they no longer are able to debate as the facts get in the way of the argument. How about this for racism. If 90% of white voters voted for a white presidential candidate it would be called racisim by many but if the black population does the exact same thing not a word is said. Reject the R word people it is the last resort of a failed debate.
Tom June 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Sash, do you have the raw data to back up your statement about rich people doing coke? I look foward to a data based debate with you on this topic. Please show me the data that backs up your claim that "Chances are one of your rich neighbors that you are so fond of is starting his morning with a line of coke before he makes another drug run". Please supply a list of the most amazing people coming from section 8. I can see you a a logical person. This should be fun.

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