Employees battle to recover after the Bedford shootout

Employees are calling on centre management to urgently increase security at the Bedford Centre.

The scene of a shooting at the Bedford Centre in Bedforview on 29 January 2015. Picture: Byron Moonsamy.

JOHANNESBURG - Employees from the Bedford Centre say they are still having flashbacks to scenes of gunmen and blood after a cash in transit heist that left seven people wounded.

The centre went on complete lock down after a shootout ensued between gunmen and SBV guards on Thursday.

While two of the suspects were taken to a secure hospital, the Hawks believe eight members of the gang are still at large with an undisclosed amount of money.

Employees have told Eyewitness News they had to run for their lives and hide when they saw the gunmen shooting through the centre.

While most employees returned to work they say even the sight of security guards is a reminder of the shooting.

An employee says she has flashbacks of the gunmen whenever she is at the mall.

"There was a man on the floor praying and I had to lock the store but I lost the lock in my bag and I was panicking."

The Bedfordview victim support group's Michele Chrichton says it will be hard for employees to feel safe at the centre while they are reminded of the incident.

Employees are calling on centre management to urgently increase security at the centre as they are scared to return to work.

Video: Seven wounded in Bedford Centre shooting.