GOMBAK: A 66-year-old security guard, a former solider, foiled a robbery attempt by three armed men at a goldsmith shop when he shot and seriously injured a robber in Batu Caves.
In the 11am incident yesterday, three men armed with guns and a hammer stormed into Kedai Emas Mee Poh in Medan Batu Caves.
The gunmen fired two shots at the entrance and ceiling before holding up a lady manager and a worker at gunpoint. Police said a customer in her 30s, who was inside the shop at the time, escaped.
As the gunmen stood guard outside the shop, their accomplice armed with a hammer went inside.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Mohd Nazri said CCTV footages showed the guard firing several shots at the robber armed with a hammer, who was just about to smash one of the glass displays.
“The guard fired the shots from the office located at the back of the shop where he took cover when the gunmen first fired into the air.
“When the gunmen saw that their accomplice was injured, they fled the scene in a silver-coloured Proton Waja,” ACP Azmir said.
He said the injured robber, identified as Koh Ming Hong, 28, from Gombak, was taken to Selayang Hospital.
Koh who suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, ribs and right hand is said to be in critical condition.
ACP Azmir said police are hunting for the remaining two robbers.
The trio are believed to have been involved in the armed robbery incident in Sungai Buloh on Aug 17. They robbed a jewellery shop and escaped with RM150,000 worth of jewellery.
In the 8pm incident, an off-duty lance corporal on his way home from the Sentul police station saw four armed men robbing a jewellery shop.
He fired several shots, wounding one of the robbers.