A woman had just returned home from shopping on the 31-hundred block of Stefano Way in Stockton - when two suspects approached her and tried stealing her shopping bag.

After she resisted, one of the men ripped off a gold chain from around her neck.

Stockton Police officer Joe Silva says that's when the woman's elderly mother came running out. 'At that point the victim's elderly mother saw what happened and chased after the suspects yelling for help.' When the two black males got into their white four-door car - they fired a gun into the air - then fled the scene.

'This is probably not how this family planned on spending Mother's Day but we all [have] to remember that all moms - it doesn't matter how old they are - always have that instinct in them that when they see something happening to one of their children, they're going to go out and protect them,' says Officer Silva.