Two hurt in possible ‘taxi war’ shooting

2008-02-20 00:00

TWO people were seriously injured in a hail of bullets when armed gunmen opened fire on their car yesterday in Hillary, Durban.

Police said that Donovan Pillay and Leanne Armugam were in a white BMW on their way to work, and had stopped at an intersection when the shots were fired.

Armugam is the wife of a taxi owner whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2005.

Pillay said that two cars approached their BMW.

“They were waiting at the Fourth Road and Stella Road intersection when a BMW and another car pulled up next to them and opened fire,” said Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen.

Armugam was shot in the face and arm and Pillay sustained multiple bullet wounds to his body.

Crime scene detectives said R5 rifles and 9 mm pistols were used in the shooting.

Pillay was airlifted by the Red Cross Air Mercy Service helicopter to Albert Luthuli Hospital, while Armugam was taken to Chatsmed Garden.

Pillay had to undergo emergency surgery. Both are in a critical condition.

Armugam had recently moved into a house on Fourth Street.

In October 2005, Armugam’s son, Dredin-Lee, was killed in a drive-by shooting that devastated the Chatsworth community where they lived.

Armugam was also injured in the shooting, which was linked to the taxi war between rival drug dealers in the Chatsworth area.

“At this stage, we can’t confirm a link between this morning’s shooting and the 2005 shooting. Police are still investigating. No arrests have been made,” Veldhuizen said.

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