Businessman shot at

2015-09-09 10:30
Chunky Hammond (Roy Hammond’s cousin) and Hammond’s employee William Davids stand at the scene of the shooting near Sobantu yesterday.

Chunky Hammond (Roy Hammond’s cousin) and Hammond’s employee William Davids stand at the scene of the shooting near Sobantu yesterday. (Ian Carbutt)

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POLICE K9 Unit members and sniffer dogs were involved in a massive manhunt for the gunman who shot Thuthuka Engineering boss Roy Hammond yesterday.

Hammond was shot in the leg in an alleged car hijacking attempt in Sobantu yesterday. He was rushed to Grey’s Hospital in a critical condition by ER24.

An eyewitness, William Davids, said the suspects ran off into the nearby bush.

Davids, an employee of Thuthuka Engineering in Willowton Road, was left very traumatised after the shooting.

“My boss and I took a short lunch break and went to the dead-end near Unilever.

“I left him for a few minutes to go and buy cigarettes and when I came back he was lying on the floor bleeding next to the van,” said Davids.

Davids said he ran toward Hammond who was “in severe pain”.

“He said ‘I’m dying’ and I said ‘You cannot die’,” said Davids.

He said he rushed to a nearby business for help and when he returned to Hammond, paramedics and police were already on scene.

Davids said he did not know if the suspects had taken anything, but said he was later told by other witnesses that they were carrying a white packet when they fled the scene. He said he did not remember seeing a white packet in the van and has “no idea” what may have been in the packet.

Davids said he has worked as a boiler-maker with Hammond for the past 18 years.

Hammond’s brother Peter Hammond, who was at the scene, said his brother is a “nice and bubbly character” and is well known in his neighbourhood of Woodlands.

“His wife, two children and grandchildren rushed to hospital to see Roy. We are just grateful that he wasn’t severely injured or worse,” said Peter.

Police spokesperson Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed the incident.

“One man [Hammond] sustained a gunshot wound to his upper leg and was rushed to Grey’s Hospital. The motive of the shooting is not yet determined but police are investigating,” said Ngobese.

There were no arrests by the time of going to press yesterday

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