A chain of African jewelry stores, chain jewelry stores and jewelry stores selling handmade items are being named in a murder investigation.
The Jewelry Store in the Riverbank Shopping Center in St Louis was the target of the robbery on Thursday, police said.
Investigators said the robber stole a woman’s jewelry and cash before fleeing in a white car.
The woman’s family was at the jewelry store at the time of the attack.
Investigators believe the jewelry shop owner may have been targeted because she was a mother of three children, a store manager told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The store’s manager, who asked not to be identified, said he was the only one in the store when the robbery occurred.
The mother-daughter jewelry store manager also told the newspaper that the owner was not a woman, but a man.
The robber fled in a blue van and the driver was found nearby, police Sgt. Sean Edwards said.
The woman who was killed was found in the car with a single gunshot wound to the head, Edwards said in a news release.
Police are searching for the suspect, who they say has a long history of robbery and other violent crimes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St Louis County Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 314-773-2450 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.