Two people were seriously injured after they were shot by unknown armed robbers in separate incidents in Harare on Wednesday night.
Police have since urged people to be wary of a group of criminals recently released from prison.
A foreign currency dealer lost two cellphones and $2 000 to three armed robbers, who included a woman, after they lured him into believing that they intended to change South African rand into United States dollars.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incidents and said investigations were in progress.
She said on Wednesday at around 7pm, Philimon Machadho, who was driving a silver Honda Fit (registration number ADU 0604), offered a lift to two men at a food court in the city centre.
“Along Bishop Gaul, the complainant stopped the car and asked the two for directions to the place they wanted to go. One of the armed robbers produced a pistol and ordered him to drive and follow their orders and he was forced to drive along Danges Road in Belvedere,” she said.
Along the way, the two searched Machadho and took away three cellphones and $40 cash before they ordered him to stop near Zesa Training Centre.
Machadho was ordered to get out of the vehicle and he complied.
“One of the robbers fired two shots and he was hit on both hands and he fell down. The robbers drove off leaving him lying on the ground,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
Machadho later made a report at Milton Park Police Station. He was taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he is admitted.
Another man was shot and seriously injured on the chest by armed robbers along Samora Machel Avenue on Wednesday night.
The man is reported to be in a critical condition.
In a related incident, a foreign currency dealer lost $2 000 to three armed robbers in Ruwa after he was lured into believing they wanted to change 31 000 rand to US dollars.
The dealer was in the city when he received a call from the robbers who asked him to proceed to Ruwa for the transaction.
“When he got to Ruwa, he met the three criminals, one woman and two men who were travelling in a Altezza registration number AND 8595. They convinced him to get into their car,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.
The robbers drove along a dust road and one of them produced a pistol and robbed the man of two cellphones and $2 000 in cash.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged people to be wary of criminals who were on the loose.
She said they should avoid offering lifts to strangers.
“We believe that some of the criminals were released from prisons and people should be wary of them. To the armed robbers, the long arm of the law will soon catch up with you,” she said.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said they had intensified their investigations of these armed robbery cases