Police are on the hunt for two gunmen who attempted to rob a grocery store in New Amsterdam, Berbice and who broke into a car and escaped with a bag.
The attempted robbery occurred at approximately 19:30h at the Bob and Sons Variety Store situated at Strand and Chapel Streets New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Monday evening.
Reports are that five employees of the store were outside after the business place closed, while several others were inside when two masked men pounced on them.
Speaking with Inew, one of the employees said that he saw two masked men running towards them. He said one of the men started firing shots in the air.
He explained that one of the gunmen fired a shot in his direction but he was not hit and immediately retrieved to the side of the building. According to the employee, upon seeing the gunmen, they rushed into the building.
Realising that they could not enter the store, one of the bandits used his gun to smash the window of the owner’s car which was parked outside. The man then grabbed a bag from the vehicle and escaped. However, this newspaper was told that the bag contained personal belongings of a staff member but no cash.
Only two days ago, the owners of the variety store opened a supermarket. It is believed that the bandits thought that the day’s sales from the new supermarket were in the car. Police in Berbice have since launched a manhunt for the two gunmen.