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Gunman on the loose in Red Bluff, store owner still shaken

Sunny Side Market in Red Bluff targeted by armed robbery. The store owner showed us video, but declined to share it because the gunman is still on the loose, and police say he's a minor.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 12:33 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 8:45 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The suspect who Red Bluff Police say is a minor went into the Sunny Side Market, the owner says he pulled out his gun, pointed it at her face and demanded money.

"Seeing all the cops going through lit up our neighborhood."

Neighbors like Michelle Hasse say things like this don't normally happen in Red Bluff.

"It just shows that people are getting desperate," she said.

"I was really scared like terrified, I was laying down," said Ryan Nunez, a Red Bluff High School student. "I didn't wanna get hurt or anything."

Red Bluff High School and Bidwell Elementary School were both put on lockdown because of just how close they were to where the robbery took place.

"I was scared it was a long lockdown too," said Jordan Bryant, another Red Bluff student.

"It was like 30 min, thank God they did," said Emanuel Bustos standing outside of the market with the other students. "Because you never know what that guy would've done."

"Then we heard a guy actually had a gun here," said Bryant.

A map that shows you just how close the schools and store are, everything is within just a few blocks of each other.

"Helicopters and stuff a lot of policemen outside," he said recollecting about what happened.

"We came here and spoke to the lady and she said she's fine, no one was injured," said Bustos. "Thank God you know?"

The store owner did not want to go on camera, but she told us the suspect wanted money.

He couldn't get the register open, so she says he ran with stolen lighters.

We reached out to Red Bluff Police several times, but no officials responded to our calls.

The store owner did capture security footage of the robbery. She showed it to us on her phone, but did not want to share it because he's still out there.

Red Bluff PD did not provide us with a description beyond the clothes he was wearing, but say he was wearing all black clothes at the time of the robbery.

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