Limassol - Police Sunday continued the search for two armed robbers who shot the owner of a Limassol souvlaki restaurant in the hand in front of his terrified wife and teenage daughter before making off with €1,000.
The incident is being treated as an attempted murder.
According to Limassol CID supervising officer Ionnis Soteriades, the assailants appear to have been waiting outside their 48-year-old victim’s home soon after midnight Saturday.
The masked men threatened the family with a hunting rifle demanding the night’s takings. They were speaking Cypriot Greek, the police said.
When the 48-year-old resisted, one of the men shot in the air and the souvlaki restaurant owner handed over the cash. The men then demanded the family’s car keys and, when the wife had difficulty finding them, shot at her husband.
The assailants then drove off with the cash. The man’s wife and daughter rushed him to the hospital where he was treated for the injuries on his right hand but is out of danger.
Police investigations Sunday showed that the assailants had made off in a car that was reported stolen on January 31.
Soteriades said that the police were particularly concerned that the assailants had gone so far as to shoot at their victim. Investigations continued Sunday.