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Reward after Plaistow shopkeeper shot in chest

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Media captionTwo men threatened the owner and a shop assistant with a sawn-off shotgun,

A £20,000 reward has been offered for information about a shooting in an east London shop on Halloween last year which left the store's owner in a coma.

CCTV footage now released by police shows two men entering Show Supermarket on High Street, Plaistow.

One man threatened the 51-year-old shop owner and a shop assistant with a sawn-off shotgun as the other stood guard.

The owner was shot in the chest and his assistant was hit in the abdomen and leg by bullet fragments in the raid.

It happened when the shop assistant batted away the gun and the victims chased the robbers out.

The older man was in a coma for more than two weeks.

Image caption The shopkeeper has been unable to return to work

Det Sgt Gary Ferguson said: "These men are dangerous and we need to find them urgently."

He said although the man with the gun tried to cover up, most of his face could be seen in the CCTV footage.

The detective said: "His face is distinctive."

The daughter of the shopkeeper said her "hard-working" father had run the business for 14 years.

"He was bravely chasing two armed men away from his shop when one of them shot him in the chest," she said.

"They ran off, leaving him bleeding in the street.

"My family and I were sick with worry, not knowing if he would live.

"He is afraid and unable to return to work."

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