Police in the northern city of Hai Phong are tracking down ten people suspected of robbing a local pawnshop and stabbing its owner last week, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.
According to the report, the masked robbers took VND200 million (US$9,600) from the shop during their attack on Friday.
Eyewitness Ta Van Thang said he was counting money with three others, including Nguyen Quoc Huy, when the gang stormed the shop.
"Someone fired a gun before we had time to react, but luckily, all the bullets missed us," Thang said.
The robbers all wore caps and facemasks, according to Thang, adding that three of them carried shotguns, while others had long knives.
Huy, the shop owner, told the news agency that at first one of the people pointed a gun at his head, while others took the money, estimated to be worth some VND200 million.
After that, they vandalized the shop with knives, according to Huy, who is currently being treated at the Hanoi-based Viet Duc Hospital with three cuts to his head and other injuries.
He said he then tried to run away from the robber who was holding him, but he was soon subdued and attacked by the others.
Witnesses were quoted as saying that before leaving the shop, the robbers fired several threatening gunshots.
Investigations into the case are continuing.