01 May '11, 3am

Malaysian man shot in the stomach after refusing to 'help' a jewellery thief escape

KOTA KINABALU - A 47-YEAR-OLD van driver who refused to help a robber escape in his vehicle is fighting for his life in hospital. The robber shot him and fled on foot. The 8.50am drama first unfolded at a goldsmith's shop in Inanam, about 15km from here, on Saturday. The man had walked into the jewellery shop and asked to look at some of the necklaces on display. The shop owner became worried about the man, who was acting suspiciously when 'inspecting' the jewellery. As the man reached into his trouser pocket, the shop owner pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the man's face. Yelling in pain, the man grabbed a few pieces of jewellery before fleeing. The suspect ran towards a van and ordered the driver to drive him away. The driver refused and the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot him in the stomach. He then fled towards some nearby bushes. Kota Kinabalu police chief Ass...

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