Somalian shot dead at Nyanga shop

2010-07-19 11:54

A 19-year-old Somalian shop assistant has been shot in the face and died in Nyanga, Cape Town.

Police Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the young man had been confronted by two people who demanded he open the security gate to the tuck shop he worked at in Vlei Sweet Home Farms in the settlement outside Cape Town this morning.

“While he was searching for the key the suspects fired a shot at him through the gate, fatally wounding him in the face.”

The two ran away. Police have urged anyone who witnessed the man’s to call the Nyanga police station on 021?380?3320/3376 or Crime Stop on 08600?10111.

Sitshitshi said the Somalian owner of the shop was not hurt.

In response to recent reports of a potential outbreak of xenophobia, Sitshitshi said in this case it appeared the two just intended to rob the shop. It was not being treated as a case of xenophobia.

“Not at all, it was just a criminal element,” she said.

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