Duo arrested over shooting at shop in Dubai
Officers acting on a tip-off have snared two men suspected of shooting a shopkeeper at a store in Dubai.
The Head of Dubai Police, General Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim, said the Iranians were arrested in Karama and Sharjah following last Tuesday’s incident at the store in Naif.
Tamim said the shooting caused panic in the area, adding: “People were surprised when they heard the sound of gunshots. The suspects escaped within seconds with the money. We will stand against anyone who disturbs the security of UAE. Thieves and criminals should think carefully before committing crimes in Dubai. Dubai Police are strong.”
Police believe the two suspects had been watching one of the shopkeeper’s employees as he withdrew a large amount of cash from a nearby bank and then went to the shop.
The Head of CID at Dubai Police, Brigadier Khaleel Ibraheem Al Mansouri, said: “The employee heard shooting and found the merchant in a pool of blood.
“The two had raided the shop and asked him for the money but he refused. They shot him and escaped with the cash.
“It was a savage and dramatic scene. The merchant was seriously injured and taken to Rashid Hospital.” Police said they later received information that one of the suspects was hiding out in Karama and the other in Sharjah.
“They both tried hard to resist arrest but we detained them and seized the money and pistol,” Al Mansouri said.
The suspects have been referred to Dubai Public Prosecution to finish the investigation.