KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 3, 2013): A well-known jeweller was seriously injured after being shot during an attempted robbery at his goldsmith shop at Lebuh Ampang, off Jalan Masjid India, early today.
Abdul Rasul Abdul Razak, 58 (pix), who owns Abdul Razak Jewellers, suffered gunshot wounds in his shoulder and abdomen and is reported to be in stable condition.
The robbers struck just as workers were placing jewellery in showcases. It was the first time a robbery has been attempted at the shop since it began operations.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Datuk Ku Chin Wah said four robbers, clad in black jackets and wearing full-face helmets, arrived at the shop on two motorcycles at 9.30am.
He said while the riders remained on their motorcycles, their accomplices barged into the shop. A robber jumped over the counter and attempted to grab the jewellery but Abdul Rasul, who was at the back of the shop, rushed over on hearing the commotion and confronted him.
Ku said the victim was attempting to apprehend the robber behind the counter when gunshots rang out.
He said a robber, seated on a motorcycle, whipped out a pistol and fired several shots at the victim, who collapsed.
All four robbers escaped empty-handed on their machines soon after.
The victim was taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he is expected to undergo surgery.
Ku urged witnesses to call the KL police hotline at 03-2115 2222.
Bernama quoted Ku as saying that the robbers panicked and fled without taking anything from the shop.
He added that police found three bullet casings and fragments of a slug at the scene and suspected that the would-be robbers had two pistols.
Police are taking statements from several witnesses and viewing the recording of the closed circuit television camera installed outside the shop, he added.