Saturday 18 November 2017

'He pointed the gun in my face' - Man buying bottle of water caught up in terrifying armed raid

Centra in Harold's Cross Photo: Google maps
Centra in Harold's Cross Photo: Google maps
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A young man who went into a Dublin shop to buy a bottle of water had a gun pointed in his face after a "lone raider" carried out an armed robbery.

The terrifying incident happened at Centra in Harold's Cross on Monday night at around 7.30pm.

Speaking to Independent.ie, the 26-year-old described the experience as "surreal" and said it "took a few hours to sink in."

"I saw a guy entering the store with his hood up and the strings pulled really tight to his face. He was wearing mirrored sunglasses so I immediately thought this fella is going to rob the place.

"He then pulled a black handgun out from underneath a green bag and pointed the gun at myself and another customer and shouted at us to get away from the till."

He said the Centra staff were forced to hand over all the money out of the tills and that there were two girls in the shop at the time of the robbery.

"The guy continued to shout and scream. The staff were understandably very shaken - one of them was on his first day. It felt almost movie-like and took a good few hours to really sink in."

Gardai said no arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

"A lone male entered the shop armed with what is believed to be a firearm, threatened staff and made off with a sum of money," they said in a statement.

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