There was an armed burglary in the Coventry Asda this weekend
Shots were fired as police were called to the Daventry Road store
Police are urging witnesses to come forward after three men armed with crowbars and a gun threatened staff in an attempted robbery on Saturday evening.
A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody, according to a statement from West Midlands Police. They added "The shop has been examined for forensic evidence and officers are in the process of gathering CCTV evidence”.
Eyewitness Amber from Coventry said “ASDA got held up by robbers in hoodies and masks with crow bars! They attacked staff members and smashed the tills up.
We were right in the middle of it, it was the scariest experience of my life. My boys were terrified!" she added.
Another eyewitness named Tatenda, who was outside of the superstore as the event unfolded, said “I was there at about 6:30pm. I saw four or five police cars and helicopters. The whole of ASDA was blocked off. I went to a corner shop nearby and a woman inside was frantically saying how one man had a gun and had pointed it at her. Several shots were fired!”
The West Midlands was named the gun capital of the UK for the second year running in 2016. This included 562 offences in 2015.
This follows a worrying trend of armed robberies in the West Midlands after men armed with machetes raided a Wolverhampton jewellery shop in September, men with crowbars raided a Home Bargains also in Wolverhampton on the 5th, and men with axes attempted to rob a shop in Quinton.
ASDA Daventry Road refused to comment.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the attempted robbery, please call call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.