Why did he shoot at me? victim asks of teen gunman

2009-05-18 00:00

THE blood of a young woman who was shot during an attempted hijacking at a Scottsville intersection on Saturday night remains on the pavement outside the pub she returned to for help after the incident.

Bronwyn Marsberg (25) told The Witness yesterday she was returning home from a pub in Alan Paton Avenue in her Toyota Tazz before midnight when she pulled up at the intersection in Coronation Road.

She said two young men approached her car, flung open her door and fired a shot at her.

“I got to the robot and there was a car in front of me and we were both waiting for the robot to change ... I reached for my phone in my handbag and I looked up again and there was a guy at my door.

“He flung it open and just shot,” she said when The Witness spoke to her at the pub yesterday afternoon.

“I didn’t say anything to him and he didn’t say anything to me. He just shot.

“I mean, why did he just shoot at me?” she said, trying to hold back her tears.

Marsberg was shot in the right hand.

Apart from the bloodstains in the car, the only other damage caused to the vehicle during the incident was to the radio, which was hit by the bullet exiting her hand.

A friend who was at the pub when she returned, Pranill Bookhan, said that when she got there, he noticed her car, and when she got out, the wound to her hand.

“There was blood everywhere,” he said.

“She got out and said, ‘I’ve been shot’ ... We quickly took her to the kitchen [of the pub] to calm her down.

“I don’t know who called the ambulance, but when we went outside the ambulance and the police were already here.”

According to police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram, members of the Pietermaritzburg dog unit en route to the scene noticed the two men walking along Chief Albert Luthuli Street. The men fitted the description of the suspects.

Budhram said they immediately arrested the suspects, who were found in possession of two unlicensed 9 mm firearms.

“They were positively identified by the complainant,” he said.

It was discovered that the arrested suspects were both aged 17 years old.

“I feel angry and frustrated,” Marsberg said.

“They were so young ... How can little boys do that?”

The suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Police investigations continue.

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