Teen shot dead in Pinetown robbery

2010-10-22 00:00

SWIFT police reaction led to the arrest of three men hours after an 18-year-old boy was shot dead while relaxing with his parents in his Pinetown home on Wednesday evening.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the police worked around the clock to track down the suspects. He said they arrested the three men in New Germany, Klaarwater and Chatsworth yesterday afternoon.

“Right now we are in an operation to hunt down another suspect,” Mdunge said yesterday evening.

However, he said police were yet to link the arrested men to the murder and attempted murder.

“As I’m talking to you, we are still with them on the road, and we have not taken them to the police station for charges to be laid against them,” he said.

He said the three were arrested through “quick thinking” police intelligence.

It is alleged that the suspects arrived at the victim’s home in Greenfield Crest and opened fire, killing the teenager and wounding his older brother. Mdunge said one of the victims (he did not know if it was the deceased or his brother) was talking to his girlfriend outside his home when a maroon Honda Ballade with four suspicious- looking occupants pulled over at the gate.

According to Mdunge, he left his girlfriend and ran into the house, but one of the attackers immediately followed him inside. The attacker then shot the teenager in the head and his 21-year-old brother in the abdomen.

“They [the attackers] then demanded the key to the family’s Toyota Yaris, and they disappeared with both vehicles. All men were armed with firearms.

“But we have not yet recovered the firearms and the vehicles,” said Mdunge.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the teenager died at the scene, while paramedics managed to stabilise the older brother and transport him to hospital.

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