Three killed in shoot-out at Durban mall

2010-05-17 00:00

A SECURITY guard and two armed robbers were killed in a shoot-out following a robbery at a packed Tattersalls betting shop in the Chatsworth Mall, Durban, yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the incident happened shortly after 2 pm. He said a group of men stormed into the betting shop and walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

As they fled, an off-duty police officer opened fire.

In the ensuing firefight, a guard and two robbers were killed.

“What I can tell you at this stage is that one of the two suspects killed was shot by an off-duty officer who was at the scene at the time.

“Unfortunately, some of the suspects managed to escape with the money, but police are still looking for them,” said Zwane.

He added that two firearms were found at the scene. One belonged to the dead guard and the other is believed to have been the robbers’.

Four people were taken in for questioning in connection with the incident.

Zwane said the betting shop was packed at the time.

While police said no civilians were hurt, ER24’s Derrick Banks said a person who appears to have been inside Tattersalls was treated.

He said the man was severely bruised on the face and neck and appeared to have been kicked.

Describing the scene after 5 pm, Banks said the mall had been cordoned off while onlookers gathered to see what was going on.

A case of armed robbery has been opened. A case of murder will also be opened for the death of the security guard, and two inquest dockets will investigate how the two suspects were killed.

Efforts to reach the Chatsworth Mall manager were unsuccessful.

The guard worked for Gijima Security Company.

In Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning, the body of a man without trousers and with 13 stab wounds was found at the Manor football field. A passerby found the body and called the police.

Police believe the man was about 36 years old. By yesterday he had not been identified.

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