A COURAGEOUS shopkeeper tackled an armed robber who threatened him at gunpoint in broad daylight.
Shingi Mazaiwna said ‘reactions took over’ when the young man pointed a gun at him in his Washington store and demanded money.
The 36-year-old was sitting behind the counter, which is next to the main door of his store, Donwell Village News, when he heard someone kicking the door.
He said: “I looked up and the gun, with a long barrel, maybe a rifle, was pointing at me.
“The man then started swearing and demanding money.
“I bent down and to the side to get the money and realised the barrel of the gun hadn’t followed me, so I thought this was my chance to overpower him. I don’t know why, but I just grabbed something from under the counter and hit the barrel of the gun away.”
The thug was frightened off and fled the shop empty-handed.
The dad-of-two said: “It was just reaction. I didn’t stop to think about it.”
However, the shopkeeper said after the would-be robber had gone the shock of what had happened hit him.
He said: “It took me five attempts to call the police because my hands were shaking so much.
“They were really good, they were at the shop in less than three minutes.
“I keep thinking about my family and how different things could have turned out.”
Shingi, who has owned the store for two-and-a-half years, said he can’t believe something like this could happen in such a safe, close-knit community.
The terrifying incident took place at about 2.15pm on Friday and the man, who is thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, was wearing a navy blue hooded top, with a brighter blue top underneath, black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and black gloves.
He had the hood of his top pulled tight so most of his face was covered.
Detectives have been carrying out inquires in the neighbourhood and police have mounted extra uniform patrols.
Anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.