Guard killed in case of ‘mall rage'

2007-11-17 00:00

ANOTHER murder was committed in the city centre yesterday, directly opposite the building where an elderly couple were brutally attacked on Thursday afternoon.

Yesterday, a security guard (30) was shot dead at the Capital Centre - the second shooting at a shopping mall in two days, raising concerns about safety for shoppers during the festive season.

A huge fight broke out after the security guard told a man not to run inside the centre. It is alleged that the man was running towards the post office shortly before closing time.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the man did not listen. “The guard told the man that running is not allowed inside the centre because muggers and shoplifters often run after committing crime. This sparked an altercation and the man went to the centre manager to report the incident,” said Budhram.

Management tried to look for the guard, but he could not be found. Budhram said the man left the office angry and went in search of the guard himself.

“When he found him, another confrontation occurred and shortly after that gunshots were heard.”

The guard was shot twice and died on the scene. The suspect was arrested after he tried to escape.

The name of the guard was not released last night.

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