Gunmen shoot, rob brothers in their city furniture store

2008-09-02 00:00

TWO brothers who run a furniture shop in the Pietermaritzburg CBD were lucky to escape death when they were both shot at a close range during a robbery on Monday evening.

Fiaz Khan (25) and his elder brother Riaz (29), who are in hospital, have never been robbed before at any of their three furniture businesses.

But on Monday, four armed men entered their Music Centre and Furniture Shop at 87 c Church Street at about 6 pm.

“We were about to close for the evening when four men entered the shop and asked for prices for different items. Suddenly, three of the men produced firearms and demanded cash. Another one stood next to the door, apparently guarding,” said Leon Nanka, the shop’s driver.

Nanka said one of the men put a gun to Fiaz’s head and threatened “to blow out his brains”.

As Riaz tried to disarm one of the attackers, two men fired, wounding both brothers in the stomach.

“I had just finished parking a car when the bullets went off. After the bullets, Fiaz, who was not aware that he had also been shot, handed the money and his own firearm to the men. The men ran across Laager Centre and disappeared,” said a family member.

Nanka said they called police and ambulances, but after realising that both services were delayed, he put both brothers into one of the shop vehicles and sped to hospital.

“Their situation was bad [on Monday], but today they seem stable,” said another family member yesterday.

The family member said that since the Khan family opened their three shops in the city about four years ago they had never experience any form of robbery.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan appealed to anyone with information on the robbery to call Captain Pillay of the Pietermaritzburg Detective Services on 082 434 1163 or 033 845 2761, or CrimeStop on 08600 10111.

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