Police are hunting an armed robber who stormed into a bookies and fired a SHOTGUN at terrified staff.
The masked gunman opened fire during a bungled raid at the betting shop in lkeston, Derbys., on Wednesday evening.
Two men had burst into the shop at around 9.30pm demanding cash from the two frightened members of staff.
One of the raiders walked up to the counter and pointed a shotgun at one of the cowering workers – who fled into a back room.
As the pair ran for their lives the robber pulled the trigger blasting a nearby wall before the two men ran off empty handed.
Police said the suspects are white and in their early 20s. They were both wearing dark clothing and light-coloured masks, possibly scarves.
Detective Inspector Hayley Barnett, of Derbyshire Police, said the staff were “very shaken up” by the ordeal.
She said: “We’ve a team of detectives working on it and have numerous lines of enquiry.
“It is very unusual to have a robbery of this type involving a firearm.
“These men are dangerous; anyone who discharges a firearm should be treated with caution.
“If you think you know who they are, do not approach them – phone the police straight away.”
Mum of three Kelly Slack, 31, who lives near the shop, heard the drama unfold at 9.30pm.
She said: “I heard a massive bang and at first I thought it was a window slamming shut in the wind, but then there were people shouting.
“Then there were police outside and I knew the place must’ve been robbed.”