Cape Town - A Plumstead shopowner has died after being shot in the head during a robbery at his store at the weekend.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Keith Chandler said Hassan Saed, the 24-year-old business owner, was in his shop on Friday night when four men walked in and asked for R10 airtime. He later died in hospital.

Chandler said the incident happened at about 10.30pm at the superette on the Main Road in Plumstead.

“Two of the suspects positioned themselves at the door of the shop, and closed the door. One suspect dressed in a black jacket pulled a revolver out and threatened the owner with the same,” Chandler said.

“The other two suspects went behind the counter and ransacked the till and took other shop items. An argument ensued and a shot was fired, hitting the shop owner (a Somalian national aged 24 years old) in the head.”

Chandler said the four men made off with R3 000 in cash and other items from the shop.

He said that Saed’s brother was also at the shop during the robbery and that he ran to his brother’s aid when the men fled the store.

Chandler said that paramedics arrived “and worked on the victim for approximately an hour” before transporting him to Groote Schuur hospital in a critical condition.

Saed was declared dead at 2.10am on Saturday, he said.

“We are still following up leads and no arrests have been made,” he said.

Chandler said anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detective Captain Norman Killian on 021 710 7340.

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Cape Argus