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Child shot in shop robbery

Child shot in shop robbery

| 29/09/2013 | 88 Comments

(CNS) Updated: The police have now confirmed that, contrary to earlier reports, the victim injured during a grocery store robbery in West Bay on Saturday night was a 6-year-old boy.  The robbery at Videtts's Grocery store on Reverend Blackman Road, just a few feet away from the West Bay police station, happened at around 9:20 in the evening (28 September), when two masked men entered the store armed with a machete and a handgun. They demanded cash from the proprietor but the robber armed with the gun discharged a shot. Police said fragments from that shot caused non-life threatening injuries to the child, who was in the store with his parents and who was taken to the George Town Hospital by private car.

The child has since been released from the hospital having been treated for bruises.

"The six-year-old boy who was injured during the incident was released from hospital on Saturday night following treatment to superficial bruising," An RCIPS spokesperson stated, Monday. "It is believed that his injuries were caused when the fragments, or other material, ricocheted after a shot was discharged into the wall."

Police said the two robbers were believed to have fled the scene on foot in possession of a quantity of cash and were last seen running to the rear of the premises. The first suspect was described by the RCIPS as being 6'1" with a dark complexion, slim built, wearing a black jacket with a hood. The second was 5'6" also with a dark complexion, medium built and wearing a black jacket with a hood.

Detectives investigating the robbery are appealing for anyone who may have seen two men loitering outside the premises approximately two hours before the robbery to come forward. This or any other Information can be passed to the West Bay Police Station on 949-3999, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).

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