Suspects enter a clothing store in St. Louis on Monday

The suspects fled with stolen goods in a black Hyundai Sonata. St. Louis police are actively investigating the incident.

ST. LOUIS — Two thieves robbed the clothing store on Washington Avenue, exchanged gunfire with the store owner and fled in a stolen Hyundai Monday morning, police said.

According to St. Louis Metro Police, at around 3:20 a.m., two suspects burst into Dictate Never Accept (DNA)a clothing store located at 1311 Washington Avenue.

The suspects robbed the business, which police say was unoccupied when they entered the store.

While the suspects were in the store, the store owner drove to the store after being alerted by an alarm.

Once the owner arrived at the store, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the store owner, to which the owner responded by showing his own gun and firing back at the suspects.

Neither the suspects nor the store owner were hit or injured by the gunfire, police said.

The suspects fled with stolen goods in a black Hyundai Sonata.

St. Louis police are actively investigating the incident.

About 30 minutes before the DNA theft, a French restaurant in the Central West End was also robbed early Monday.

St. Louis police said Brewery by nichelocated at 4580, avenue Laclede, had been robbed by two suspects who had broken a large window to enter the restaurant.

The suspects ransacked the restaurant, police said, before exiting through a front door, which they had unlocked.

Police said the suspects fled the scene in a new model black sedan.

It is not known at this time if the two burglaries are linked to this time.

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