WATCH | Dramatic jewelry theft at KZN’s Gateway shopping center

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Thieves load stolen jewelry into a large bag. PHOTO: screenshot

A security guard is in critical condition after being shot dead in a robbery at a jewelry store at Gateway shopping center in Umhlanga, north of Durban.

According to Shawn Herbst, spokesperson for Netcare 911, the theft took place around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“Reports indicate that an adult male security guard was shot in the abdomen after attempting to intervene in an armed robbery at a jewelry store,” Herbst said.

“According to witnesses, the store was ambushed by around 10 to 15 suspects, all armed,” he said.

Herbst said the guard was treated on site by paramedics before being rushed to a nearby hospital.

The thieves reportedly fled with an unknown amount of jewelry.

In leaked CCTV footage, the masked men are seen loading jewelry into a large bag while pointing guns at staff.

The police are on site and are investigating.

This is the second heist at Gateway this year.

On June 21, a group of armed men arrested customers and a security guard before robbing the Narandas jewelry store.

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