Maitland - A man has died, apparently after being shot by robbers at a Maitland business on Thursday night.

When Cape Argus arrived at Iceland Fisheries, in Koeberg Road, the staff were giving statements to police and were unable to comment.

Staff at Embassy Air Conditioning, a neighbouring business, said that five armed men had forced their way into Iceland Fisheries at about 6.30pm.

“We heard that the staff next door were shoved into a room shortly before shots were fired. I did not hear the shots and only found out that something had happened when police and an ambulance arrived,” said Linda Potgieter, of Embassy.

“It’s very scary, especially because there has been a spate of crime, [including] break-ins, around our building in recent weeks. We are often here alone well into the night.” – Cape Argus