Alive after four shots

2013-06-06 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman is lucky to be alive after four shots left her shaken, but only lightly wounded during a brazen robbery yesterday.

Rangie Soobramoney (60) was forced off Du Toit Viljoen Road adjacent to the N3 in Willowton and shot at four times through her car window. One bullet grazed her chest and another hit her in the arm.

Mohammed Hassim, the manager at QPET where she works, described her as a very humble and respectable woman.

“It’s really sad that anyone would do that. She’s a wonderful person and you’d never wish for anything like that to happen to her,” Hassim told The Witness, adding that she was a widow who lived in Northdale with her only daughter.

After she was shot, she was taken to St Anne’s Hospital by ER24 paramedics where she was recovering from her injuries.

Hassim said he had been to see her.

“The bullet grazed her chest and one went into her arm, but she’s out of any great danger. She was very lucky,” he said.

Soobramoney was returning to work with a 44-year-old colleague at the time. He was not hurt in the incident, and The Witness’s attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.

A witness who asked not to be named said he saw a bakkie and Soobramoney’s Mazda 3 stopping on Du Toit Viljoen Road.

“One guy jumped out of the bakkie and started hitting the driver’s window. He then fired four shots through the window and jumped back into the bakkie, which sped off,” the man told The Witness at the scene of the shooting.

He said he saw two men in the bakkie, with another in the back.

“They were aggressive. They forced her off the road and stopped behind her,” he said, adding he thought it was a hijacking attempt.

The man said he ran to the car to see if he could offer any help to Soobramoney.

“There was another man in the passenger seat. I asked them if they were okay, and she nodded her head. But obviously she had been shot.”

The man called the police, who arrived at the scene within minutes.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said another man had approached the passenger side window. After shooting Soobramoney, they took her handbag and escaped. “The victim was removed and taken to hospital,” said Jeevan.

Senior factory employee Cassim Imraan said everyone was shocked after hearing about the incident, adding that the area was a soft target for criminals.

“One moment you are with someone, then next you hear that they have been shot at. Just about two weeks ago a woman who worked at the neighbouring factory had her throat slit by criminals.

“Another problem is lack of illumination in the area, something which makes it dangerous for people to walk home or to bus stops in the evening,” said Imraan.

Jeevan could not confirm the incident of the woman’s throat being slit.

She made an appeal to anyone who could assist with any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects to call Captain Pipes Haffajee from the Mountain Rise Detective Services on 033 387 9630 or 079 500 0264.

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