GEORGE TOWN - A security guard's pump gun went off after he allegedly dropped the weapon, causing workers nearby to hide as they thought there was a robbery.
The 40-year-old guard, who works at a jewellery store inside a shopping mall, claimed he dropped the firearm which went off when it hit the floor.
A promoter from a nearby outlet, who declined to be named, said she was startled when she heard the shot yesterday.
"I knew it was the sound of a gunshot and thought the jewellery store was being robbed.
"We were terrified and went to hide until someone told us it was an accident," she said.
Police have seized the security guard's 12-bore pump gun.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said they also confiscated nine shotgun cartridges and a shotgun cartridge casing.
"We released the guard after questioning him at the district police headquarters.
"No one was injured during the 9.30am incident as the shopping mall was not opened for business yet," he said.
ACP Mior Faridalatrash said the case had been classified under Section 39 of the Arms Act for discharging firearms in a public area.