Three armed raiders escaped with "a large amount of cash" after threatening a security guard and an employee at gunpoint at a Birmingham superstore yesterday.
The masked robbers also torched the white van they had used to get to the Asda store in Old Horns Crescent, Great Barr, and left it blazing on the supermarket car park before making their escape in a dark car.
The trio, wearing dark clothes and balaclavas, ambushed a Securitas guard as he was delivering a money box to a rear entrance at the site just before 2pm. Police believe the gang may have been armed with two shotguns. The getaway car was found dumped in Hassop Road.
The store was evacuated and closed while officers examined the area and firefighters tackled the van blaze.
One shopper, Christine Woolford, aged 58, from Kingstanding, said: "I was walking into the store when a woman came running in next to me who was holding a baby.
"She was running from outside screaming 'They've got shotguns, they've got shotguns.' She told the security guards to shut up the store.
"She looked terrified. The security guards shut the doors, had a look outside and then came back in the store and said that the men had gone."
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 113 5000.