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Chicopee police investigating jewelry store robbery

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Chicopee and state police are continuing to search for multiple suspects who are still on the run following a violent robbery at a jewelry store in Chicopee Monday afternoon.

It happened at Furnari Jewelers on Memorial Drive around 4.

Investigators have remained on-scene throughout the night after two men allegedly came into this store and assaulted the owner in an attempt to rob him.

While police confirmed shots were fired, they would not say who fired them or whether anyone was hurt. But the incident left people rattled.

"It just hits a bit closer to home when it's right next to your work," said Kristina Hatcher, manager of the Planet Fitness right next door.

Employees working near the Furnari jewelers were shaken in the moments following shots fired and the sound of sirens, as police descended on the small plaza for an attempted armed robbery.

"Somebody came in and you couldn't even understand what she was saying and my assistant manager went outside and the cops just told us to make sure everyone was in and to lock the doors," Hatcher said.

The planet fitness gym remained on lockdown for around 20 minutes as state and local police scoured the area by foot and chopper, searching for any sign of three suspects they say were involved in the attempted robbery.

The owner of the store, Anthony Furnari's son, told CBS 3 off-camera that his dad had been punched in the face in the ordeal and was taken to Baystate with non-life-threatening injuries.

He said his dad shot one of the suspects.

Police would not confirm that.

Furnari is well-known by locals and employees that work in the plaza.

"Just by seeing him every day because we park next door and just buying jewelry off him, he's a really nice man," Hatcher said.

Life-long residents that saw the scene said it is something they never expected.

"Things like this don't happen around here very often," said Stephen Wilk, a Chicopee resident.

But they also said it won't change their perception of the town or the area.

"From what I know, nobody except the robbers was hurt in this ordeal so that's a very optimistic thing," Wilk said.

"No not really I mean this could happen anywhere, unfortunately," Hatcher said.

Police said the suspects dropped some of the jewelry as they fled the scene.

They described the three as one woman and two men with dark skin driving a silver Taurus.

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