Police in England have released CCTV of a shop assistant trying to grab a sawn-off shotgun from an armed robber, just moments before his boss is shot.
The 51-year-old shop owner was shot in the chest at close range after chasing the gunman and his accomplice down Plaistow High Street, East London.
He is captured on camera staggering back to the Show Supermarket with the help of his 41-year-old assistant.
A £20,000 reward is being offered by the Association of Convenience Stores and Crimestoppers for information about the shooting shortly before midnight on Halloween last year.
The shop owner was taken to hospital where he fell into a coma for over two weeks.
The shop assistant, who was hit in the leg and stomach by fragments of the bullet, was also treated at hospital and has been discharged.
The 27-year-old daughter of the Show Supermarket’s owner, who did not want to be named, said: “My dad is an honest, hard-working man. He has run the Show Supermarket for 14 years and is well known to the local community as a friendly person.
“On the 31st of October last year, his life changed when he tried to defend his livelihood from armed robbers. He was bravely chasing two armed men away from his shop when one of them shot him in the chest.
“They ran off, leaving him bleeding in the street.
“He was taken to hospital where he fell into a coma that lasted over two weeks. My family and I were sick with worry, not knowing if he would live.
“We are lucky that he survived. But since then he has suffered numerous health problems as a result of the assault. He is afraid and unable to return to work.
“If anyone recognises the men in the CCTV or has any information about the attack on my dad, please come forward. We need closure on this and we are afraid of the threat these men pose to others while they are out free.”
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Gary Ferguson, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “These men are dangerous and we need to find them urgently.
“Although suspect one tried to cover up, you can see most of his face in the CCTV footage. His face is distinctive. We are sure that someone who knows this man would recognise him from the CCTV. Take a good hard look at his face – do you know him?
“Alternatively, were you in the area on Halloween last year and remember seeing men fitting these descriptions at around quarter to midnight? Was one of them was holding something that could have been a sawn-off shot gun? Where had they come from? Where were they going? If you know anything, call us now.”
The first suspect who threatened the pair is described as wearing dark trousers and a dark baseball cap under a hooded jacket which appears to have a logo on each arm.
The second suspect who guarded the door is also wearing dark trousers and a dark jacket with a white strip down the front.