Joburg mall hit by armed robbery

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Johannesburg -

It was business as usual at the Cresta shopping mall in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning following a robbery at the iStore where one person was shot and injured.

Shoppers continued with their day, some enjoying a meal at a restaurant near where it appeared the robbers dropped off their loot.

Security and police had entrance 4 cordoned off with a blue bag lying on the ground. An Apple product could be seen next to the bag.

Curious onlookers kept asking security officials questions about the robbery.

IStore employees were still in the store giving statements to police.

A note on the door read: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, IStore will be closed until further notice.”

One employee from a nearby shop, who asked not to be named, said the robbery resembled a scene from a movie.

“I just saw a commotion and went outside. I ran out and was met by a guy with a gun,” said the employee.

Realising that there was danger, the employee ran back to the store.

“People closed shops and ducked for cover.”

The employee said the armed gang left the iStore with three large bags filled with electronics.

“When the suspects left, we heard gun shots and people ducked to the floor.”

Centre management said they would issue a statement on the incident.

Paramedics earlier said one person was shot in the arm.

“When the paramedics arrived, they found one person shot through the arm. That person was taken to hospital,” ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.

“They couldn't find any other injured at the scene but people were in shock.” - Sapa


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