Suspect shoots himself in foot during robbery

A suspected robber shot himself in the foot during a scuffle with one of the cellphone shop employees in Traduna Mall, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday. The incident happened when three suspects, all of whom were carrying guns entered the store and threatened employees inside, said Eastern Cape Police spokesperson Sandra Janse van Rensburg in a statement. They demanded cellphones and the keys to the safe. When one of the robbers pointed a firearm at one of the employees, she grabbed his hand and a shot went off, injuring the suspect in the foot. The suspects fled the scene with cellphones and laptops. None of the employees at the store were injured.

The police are investigating a case of robbery. Janse van Rensburg advised that when victims are confronted by armed robbers, the safest thing to do is to cooperate with them. “The robbers are in control of the situation because they are armed, and it serves no purpose to resist their instructions- you will only be putting lives at risk.” Rensburg said.

The employees at the store are still in shock but none of them were injured. The police are still looking for the suspects and investigating the matter.

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