AN ARMED robber terrified six army officers when he pointed his gun at them after mugging a man.
The lone gunman had threatened and robbed a man on Gordon Place, off Camden Street, at 1pm yesterday, before he gestured to fire at the soldiers.
While he was making his escape down Camden Street, he encountered six soldiers, smiled and pointed the gun at them, according to witnesses.
One witness told the Herald: "He pointed it at some soldiers who were walking on his side of the road, and they all legged it. They seemed to think the gun was real.
"I heard shouting and I turned around and a bunch of soldiers were running away. The guy with the hoodie was running and smiling, and pointing the gun at them.
"We looked around when we got to the corner of South Circular Road and he was gone. It's pure craziness, in broad daylight in Dublin. I asked the soldiers if it was a real gun and they all thought it was.
"He had a dark hoodie and he had gloves on. I saw him at the junction of South Circular Road and Harcourt Street."
The robber, who is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was dressed in a hoodie, and is of slim build and around 5ft 8ins.
The gunman is still at large, and gardai are appealing for witnesses who were around the Camden Street area at lunch time yesterday to come forward with information.
A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said the army soldiers reported the incident to their superiors when they returned to Cathal Brugha Barracks.
"There were six soldiers on lunch and they were unarmed coming back from the lunch in town.
"Someone in a hoodie approached them and that person took out a shotgun. It all happened very quickly and our guys were unarmed.
"They came back and reported it to the unit office. It's not something you'd expect coming back from lunch."
A garda spokesperson confirmed that an investigation is under way since the gunman made away with a small amount of cash.
"We're appealing for information, and the victim has reported the incident to the gardai. He robbed an individual, he stopped and threatened him and got away with a small amount of cash."