Greytown: farm owner critical after being shot at his filling station

2010-04-13 00:00

A BUSINESSMAN was shot, apparently during an armed robbery, at a filling station in a farming area near Greytown yesterday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the Welgegund area, on a road between Greytown and Kranskop, at about 6 pm.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said two men, armed with pistols, entered the man’s filling station and held up a security guard.

He said the owner went out, apparently unaware of the attack, and was shot in the stomach.

Zwane said he was taken to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg in a critical condition.

“For now we don’t know the motive of the attack. We also cannot say it was a farm attack, because the victim was shot at his garage,” said Zwane.

The attack happened only hours after yesterday morning’s cash-in-transit heist at a cash and carry in Greytown, but Zwane said police were unable to link the two incidents.

Chairman of the Kranskop Farmers’ Association Gunther Meyer said he could not call the attack a farm attack.

“This guy also has a farm in the area, but he was shot at his garage,” said Meyer.

He said police and guards from the local Field Security company arrived, but the attackers had already disappeared.

“Guards from the security company came straight away, but they could not cordon off the area because it seems they [attackers] had already gone. It’s believed they got away in a silver BMW,” said Meyer.

He said the garage was not busy when the men arrived.

“That is a small garage, which is normally not busy.

“[The owner] went out to check on his petrol pumps because they were giving him a problem,” said Meyer.

Sudesh Maharaj of Field Security said the suspects ran away.

“We don’t know whether they had parked a car somewhere.”

A friend of the victim, who declined to be named, said he was relieved to hear he was at St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

“We got a message, which asked us to pray for him because he was dying,” said the friend.

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