An armed robbery with hostages in a jewelry store in the Salamanca district of Madrid has left two lightly injured on Tuesday, one of them an employee who has been shot in the abdomen and, the other, a policeman who has been hit in the head the splinters of the shot, police sources have informed this newspaper. The event took place in the early afternoon at L’Ermitage, a luxury establishment located at 25 Calle de Ayala. The robber has already been arrested. The Police continue in the early afternoon inside the jewelry store taking samples, with the street cordoned off, although they are letting some neighbors pass.
The man has broken into the premises armed at around two in the afternoon, at which time the owner of the premises and a worker were inside. The police have come very quickly and the robber has shot one of the hostages. Both victims are stable and their injuries are minor, health sources inform Efe.
The worker is 45 years old, a spokeswoman for the Higher Headquarters of the Madrid Police has detailed to Europa Press. He has been transferred to the Gregorio Marañón hospital by the Samur-Civil Protection health workers in an ambulance, after being treated at the scene, a spokesperson for Emergencias Madrid has specified. His condition is not serious.
For his part, the officer has been hit by the bullet sheath in the face, although his condition is mild. He has been evacuated to the Nuestra Señora de América clinic. The National Police, which keeps the entire block cordoned off, try to find out if the thief acted alone or with more people.
Monica, a clerk at an optician near the jewelry store, says that everyone in her store has gone into hiding when they have heard gunshots and have seen people running: “we thought he was a madman who wanted to draw attention to the elections,” she says. “They have been heard as various firecrackers and noise like an exhaust pipe. People running immediately to the shout of shots, shots! ”, Explains Sara, 47, a clerk in a shirt shop across the street. Several people have had to take refuge in their trade. “The shooting has been horrible,” he explains over the phone in a call to reassure relatives. Those present speak of a gunshot wound to the stomach.
With information from Patricia Peiro Y Luis de Vega.