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New details in jewelry store heist

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 WEST PALM BEACH(WFLX)---Detectives find the getaway van used in the cold blooded murder of a Jewelry store owner Monday morning.

The van now sits at the Sheriff's office impound lot in suburban West Palm Beach. CBS12 has exclusive surveillance video from inside the store as the robbery was taking place.

A store employee says he would probably be dead, if it weren't for his boss's quick-thinking Monday during an armed robbery and he says his boss is definitely a hero.

A horrifying video CBS 12 has obtained shows the final seconds of Monday's deadly armed hold-up at the West Palm Coin and Jewelry Exchange.

The video shows store owner John Lauseng trying to run out the front door, with a masked gunman inside the store aiming a handgun at him.
The guy in the orange T-shirt, standing outside, is an employee who's waiting to come into the store.

You can see Lauseng runs out, and one of the gunmen points and shoots.
Lauseng runs out of view, and collapses seconds later across the street, outside a convenience store.

Jewelry store employee Frank Bagley said, "I walked up to the door like I normally do every day and I grabbed the door and then BAM! It was all over."

Bagley works at West Palm Coin and Jewelry Exchange. Monday morning, he watched in horror, as his boss was shot, gunned down by a couple of armed robbers.

Frank, in the orange t-shirt, was just coming to work, and was about to walk into the store as his boss was running out the front door.

Bagley said, "I walked up to the front door and I grabbed the front door and as soon as I grabbed the front door and John opened the door up and bolted out and said run Frank before you get shot."

Frank says it was a terrifying scene. One he'll never forget.

Bagley said, "I saw the two guys coming out and I heard two shots, bang bang! I thought I was gonna die. I thought I was gonna get shot myself. But luckily I didn't. Luckily he told me to run so I wouldn't get killed."

Bagley said he ran and hid behind a metal electrical box on Congress Avenue,  as the two masked gunmen raced off in a dark green van.

Bagley said, "I was very horrified, I was very scared. I thought I was gonna die. It was like the worst day of my life. To see my boss, my friend, my hero that saved my life and I'm just lucky that I'm still here."

Had his boss not warned him to run, Franks says he would've been face to face with the armed gunmen inside the store.

Bagley said, "I was like a split-second from getting killed!" He said he ran over to help his boss, where he collapsed on the ground outside a convenience store.

But he said paramedics were there within one minute, because there's a fire-rescue station close by,  and there was nothing he could've done to save him.

Again, Bagley feels Lauseng saved his life, and it certainly makes him a hero.

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