Man hurt by stray bullet

A stray bullet from police attempts to shoot out the tires of a getaway car believed to have been used in a factory heist injured a passer-by in Kallithea, southern Athens, yesterday. Authorities said the incident took place when police officers identified a car which was used by robbers who held up the Nikas meat factory in Moschato earlier in the day. The suspects, however, refused to stop and sped away when police took aim at the vehicle’s tires. Authorities found the abandoned car, which had been reported stolen, shortly afterward but the assailants had escaped. Inside the vehicle, police found gloves, a cap and a baseball bat. The men are believed to be responsible for the armed holdup of factory owner Stavros Nikas, in which 40,000 euros in cash and 60,000 euros in checks were taken. The injured man, aged 65, was taken to the Evangelismos Hospital in central Athens with a light bullet wound to the arm, authorities added.

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