Heist suspect arrested at clinic

2011-06-24 14:08

A man was arrested at the Alexandra Clinic in Johannesburg after two children were injured during an attempted robbery outside a primary school in Parktown today, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said police received information that a man with multiple gunshot wounds had been dropped off at the clinic.

Police rushed to the clinic and the undercover officers who had originally tried to apprehend the alleged robbers identified the man.

Ndou could not give details on the man’s condition, but said he was under heavy police guard at the medical facility.

Two primary school pupils were wounded in the shoot-out following the botched heist outside Roseneath Primary School in Parktown just after 11am.

One of the children was shot in the shoulder and the other in the hand when police intercepted a cash-in-transit robbery.

Both school girls were attending school for their last day before the holidays.

He said the robbers had cornered a security company van at the corner of Empire and Queens Road.

They pointed a firearm at the driver. A robber tried to discharge two shots but the gun jammed.

Undercover police who were on patrol came to investigate and a shoot-out ensued in which the children were shot.

It was unclear whether the police or the robbers shot the children, Ndou said.

The robbers escaped in a silver Volkswagen Jetta.

Ndou said the guard was carrying an amount of R100 000.

The two girls had been taken to hospital for medical treatment but police could not confirm their condition.

The school is barely a kilometre from the SA Police Service Gauteng headquarters.

When asked to comment on the proximity of the attack to the hub of law enforcement, Ndou said: “Criminals always take chances”.

Joseph Wallace, a general assistant at the school, said he was at work when he heard gunshots in the street.

“We ran outside and saw some commotion. It is very scary when this sort of thing happens near a school,” he said.

School children were milling around the gate of the school in the wake of the incident.

Peering curiously around police cars, they nervously joked that the scene resembled a “skop-skiet-en-donner” (kick, shoot and pummel) film.
As police ushered them away from the scene they ran off mimicking a dramatic gun battle.

Ndou said he was not sure whether the pupils would receive counselling following the incident.

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