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Couple shot in face during Leeds robbery speak out INTERVIEW

Gian Singh and his wife Baljit Kaur.

Gian Singh and his wife Baljit Kaur.

  • by Stuart Robinson
 

A grandmother wrestled a gun from an armed raider who tried to rob the Leeds shop she and her husband have run for more than 20 years.

Both Baljit Kaur, 61, and her husband Gian Singh, also 61, were shot in the face during the terrifying incident at their store in the Cross Green area.

Now, back behind the counter at the Kundola General Store and Off Licence on Pontefract Lane, the couple have spoken about the attack on their business for the first time.

The would-be robber stormed into the store just after 6pm on Sunday evening, while the couple’s six-month-old granddaughter was upstairs with her mother.

As an accomplice held the door, the masked man pointed a gun at Mrs Kaur at point blank range.

She told the YEP: “He came running in with the gun in his hand and just said ‘gimme, gimme.’

“At the time, I didn’t know what was happening and I thought it was a toy. I grabbed the barrel and took the gun away from him and pointed it back at him - he looked really shocked, he thought I was going to shoot him.”

Mr Singh heard his wife shouting and made his way into the shop just as the man grabbed the gun back from his wife.

He said: “I pushed my wife behind me, I wanted to protect her and I went to get hold of him. My instinct was to not let him get away with it.”

Mr Singh pushed the would-be robber away towards the back of the shop where he fired three shots from the BB pellet gun before fleeing through the door along with his accomplice.

One of the shots struck a can of beer, while another hit Mrs Kaur around an inch below her left eye.

Mr Singh also was hit just above his left eye.

Mrs Kaur said: “There was blood everywhere and I felt the pain, it was very bad.”

The couple were both admitted to the Leeds General Infirmary where they underwent thought it was a toy. I grabbed the barrel and took the gun away from him and pointed it back at him – he looked really shocked, he thought I was going to shoot him.”

Mr Singh heard his wife shouting and made his way into the shop just as the man grabbed the gun back from his wife.

He said: “I pushed my wife behind me, I wanted to protect her and I went to get hold of him.

“My instinct was to not let him get away with it.”

Mr Singh pushed the would-be robber away towards the back of the shop where he

fired three shots from the BB pellet gun before fleeing through the door along with his accomplice.

One of the shots struck a can of beer, while another hit Mrs Kaur around an inch below her left eye.

Mr Singh also was hit just above his left eye.

Mrs Kaur said: “There was blood everywhere and I felt the pain, it was very bad.”

The couple were both admitted to the Leeds General Infirmary where they underwent minor surgery to remove pellets embedded in their faces.

Yesterday they were back at work, determined not to let the incident, which was caught on CCTV, affect the shop they have run together for 21 years.

Mr Singh said: “We didn’t want to shut the shop because we wanted to show them we’re not afraid.”

Mrs Kaur added: “People were waiting for us outside the shop with flowers and giving us hugs when we came back.”

The robber, who left empty-handed, was described as white, slim, aged 18 to 20, and was wearing a light-grey tracksuit and black trainers.

Officers from the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Neighbourhood Policing Team are mounting extra patrols in the area to reassure the community.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact North East Leeds CID via 101.

Alternatively, anyone with information can call charity Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555 111.

 
 
 

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