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Centurion - A security guard is in a critical condition after he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest during a botched robbery at a mall in Centurion, paramedics said on Sunday. 

The incident reportedly took place on Sunday morning.

According to paramedics, the guard was found lying in the parking area of the shopping mall at around 10am.

"He was immediately assessed, treated and transported to a nearby hospital to receive further medical care," ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall said.

"The exact circumstances surrounding this incident are not yet known to our paramedics but authorities were on scene for further investigations."