At least one person has been critically injured in a shoot-out at the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria.
The South African Police said three suspected robbers entered the mall and robbed a shop of goods worth close to R1 million.
A civilian saw the robbers fleeing, said the police, after which he took out his gun to apprehend them.
The robbers then shot the civilian, took his gun, and fled the scene in a white Ford Bantam bakkie without a canopy.
According to Netwerk24, the criminals robbed the Scoin shop in the mall.
Netwerk24 said two robbers entered the Scoin shop during the robbery, while one robber kept watch outside.
Netwerk24 reporter Nico Gous said a few of the shops in the mall closed their doors after the shooting.
The Scoin Shop press statement
The Scoin Shop said in a press statement that two armed assailants walked into the store at 11:45 on 7 July.
“They informed our staff that it was a robbery, and demanded access to the cabinets where the coins are kept,” said the company.
Apart from stealing various precious coins, the criminals also robbed the Scoin Shop staff of their cellphones.
“Upon leaving the store, the assailants came into contact with a passing shopper, where an altercation arose and unfortunately the shopper was injured.”
“Fortunately, all our staff members are unharmed, but are traumatised.”
“We are shocked about the news of the robbery and the injury. Our main priority is to ensure that all parties involved are all right – we take the safety of our staff and clients very seriously,” said Scoin’s group executive sales manager Andre van den Berg.
“Our thoughts go out to the injured shopper, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
EMER-G-MED paramedics at the scene of the shooting said the civilian injured in the shoot-out was stabilised, and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.