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Robber rushed to hospital after being shot by accomplice during scuffle at crime scene

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The police have arrested a man who was shot and injured by his accomplice during an armed robbery at a shop in Polokwane.

An armed robber was accidentally shot by his accomplice during a robbery incident. File picture: Matthews Baloyi

THE POLICE in Limpopo have arrested a man who was shot and injured by his accomplice during an armed robbery at a shop in Polokwane.

Limpopo provincial police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said that during the robbery incident, a scuffle ensued between one of the robbers and the shop staff and a shot went off.

“Reports indicate that a group of armed suspects entered the said store and pointed the complainant (shop staff) with a gun. The complainant was at the paypoint assisting customers,” said Ledwaba.

The robbers apparently instructed everyone in the shop to lie down, while they demanded money.

“In the process, one of the employees closed the steel door and the suspect with a firearm approached him. They engaged in a fight. The two fought over a gun and seemingly a shot went off, hitting one of the suspects,” said Ledwaba.

In the chaos, customers and three of the robbers fled the scene in all directions, leaving behind the injured suspect.

However, before fleeing the scene, the assailants managed to rob the business of an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers.

“The police were notified about the incident, responded swiftly, and the injured suspect, who might be aged around 30, was arrested. He was rushed to hospital for medical attention under police guard,” said Ledwaba.

The police opened a case of business robbery and attempted murder.

The arrested injured suspect is set to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.

“Anyone with information regarding the remaining suspects should contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Joseph Malebana, on 072 492 9635, or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111, the nearest police station or use the MySAPS app,” said Ledwaba.

Last week, it was reported that the police in Polokwane activated a massive manhunt for two unknown men who committed an armed robbery at a mall.

The robbery happened on Monday morning, according to Ledwaba.

“It is reported that a 48-year-old male victim departed from Limpopo Cash and Carry supermarket with the objective to deposit a substantial amount of cash at Savannah Mall,” he said.

When the man carrying the money arrived at the entrance of the mall, he was confronted by two armed men.

“One of the suspects unexpectedly shot the victim in the right foot, and he (the man carrying cash) threw the money bag on the floor,” said Ledwaba.

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