Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brixton Shop Worker Shot in Face with Pellet Gun: I'm Lucky to Still Have My Eye

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brixton Shop Worker Shot in Face with Pellet Gun: I'm Lucky to Still Have My Eye

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Byline: David Churchill and Justin Davenport

A SHOP WORKER today told of the "awful" moment robbers shot him in the face with a pellet gun.

Niyas Hydrofe, 44, was working at the Phambra Foodstore in Brixton Hill when two men burst into the shop and fired at him.

He said: "These two black guys came in and suddenly they had a handgun. Then all at one time there were so many small balls coming at my eyes and face.

"Doctors have told me that I am lucky to have my eye still.

"After they fired, they took the till with all the money. My head hurt and there was blood everywhere coming out of my face."

Mr Hydrofe still has a pellet lodged in his eye and has an appointment with doctors tomorrow.

He appealed for witnesses to the shooting on Sunday 25 October to contact the police.

Police released CCTV footage today showing one of the two masked men firing the shots at close range from what is thought to be a high-powered BB gun resembling a handgun. …

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