POLICE are searching for a gunman following a bungled hold-up in Brisbane’s south overnight.
Police said the man stormed a convenience store on Beenleigh Road at Sunnybank shortly after 7pm.
The man allegedly marched up to the counter and pulled a single-barrel shotgun out of a bag and threatened the 50-year-old male employee.
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The brave staffer, however, armed himself with a mop and chased the gunman out of his store.
He then tried disarming the gunman on the street but was struck over the head twice with the firearm.
The employee’s adult son told 7 News the gunman was repeatedly asking his father if he wanted to die.
“He pulls out a single-barrel shotgun from the bag, aims it at my dad and he is saying ‘do you want to die? do you want to die?'”, the victim’s son told 7 News.
“The first thing my dad does is grab whatever is closest to him, turns out it was a mop, and starts pushing the guy away.
“When they went outside, there was two blows to the head with the weapon, the guy hit my dad in the head and it opened up his skull a little bit…there was blood everywhere.”
The gunman then bolted down the street and was last seen running south along Jackson Road.
The 50-year-old employee was taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital for treatment to a head wound.
Thankfully, police said the man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
A man with a gun has attempted to rob a store in Sunnybank overnight, but was confronted by the store owner – and a mop. “There was a baseball bat right next to him, but he went for the mop.” Report on 7 News at 4pm & 6pm. https://t.co/zhdbvFowAq #7News pic.twitter.com/GC3IkAJSYJ
— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 7, 2018
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