SONAM BHAGWANDAS

2013-12-17 00:00

A 35-YEAR-OLD tow truck driver was shot and killed last Thursday night at around 9.25 pm at the corner of Hunslet and Abedare Drive, Phoenix.

Prem Balram, of Verulam-based Reaction Unit South Africa, said residents near the Phoenix industrial area called the unit saying they had heard gunshots.

“When we arrived at the scene we saw the victim dead on the ground.”

Witnesses said a white vehicle was parked along the roadside when the tow truck drove up behind it. The driver of the tow truck got out of his vehicle and approached the vehicle.

They said a single shot was fired at the victim from inside the vehicle.

“It is apparent that the witnesses saw the man turn to flee when about five to six more shots were fired at him, hitting him in several parts of his body, including the neck,” said Balram.

“The victim collapsed on the road side while the suspect’s vehicle fled the scene.”

It is believed the tow truck driver was called to the scene to tow a car that had broken down on the side of the road, said Balram.

Reaction Unit officers, medical assistance and several other law enforcement agencies responded to the call, but the man could not be saved.

It is uncertain at this stage if the motive for the shooting was a hit or a robbery as the victim was in possession of an empty firearm holster.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said Phoenix police are investigating a case of murder and no arrest has been made at this stage.

When contacted for comment, the owner of the tow truck company where the victim was employed said he was not ready to discuss the incident.

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