Shocking CCTV footage shows a man point a gun in the face of a shop worker then walk out the door with three cans.
In the clip, recorded in Greenwich, south London, a white man wearing a black jacket, white top, jeans, and a beanie hat, tries to exit a convenience store.
As he holds open the door, with three tins cradled in his left arm, he is confronted by a worker.
With his right hand, he pulls out a handgun and points it at the shop worker.
He then leaves backwards, still directing the gun towards the shop.
A second security camera shows him walking along the pavement on the other side of the road, before turning around and pointing the gun at something or someone out of the frame behind him.
Police said the incident happened at 5.50am on Saturday, July 18, but there have been no arrests and they are releasing the CCTV for information.
The man, believed to be aged in his 40s, entered the shop in Plumstead Common and went to leave without paying, police said.
He then made off down Plumstead Common Road.
The victim was uninjured in the attack.
Detective Constable Thomas Boow, from the Flying Squad, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim from a man who clearly has no respect for the law.
"Carrying a gun in your waist belt is an incredibly dangerous act, let alone brandishing it in a public place, aimed at another person.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man running off or was in or near the shop at the time.
"It is important we identify him to make sure he does not do something like this again.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call police on 101 quoting reference Cad 2119/18Jul.
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