Dad killed in supermarket shoot-out

2013-03-26 09:21
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Durban - A fierce gun battle between police officers and robbers outside a Durban supermarket late last week resulted in two members of the public being shot.

The shoot-out came after robbers hit a Spar in Newlands West on Friday, stealing R150 000 in cash and cellphones, reported the Daily News.

Families of both victims have called for an investigation into the shooting and want to know whether it was the criminals or the police that fired the bullets which hit their loved ones.

Mahalingum Pillay, 57, a father of two, had just got a haircut and was getting into his car when he was shot in the stomach. He died on Sunday morning.

Grandmother Ambie Pillay, 70, was waiting at a bus stop outside the supermarket, when she was shot in the thigh.

“I could hear the gunshots. The police were shooting opposite the road from where I was standing. They did not shout for us to take cover or warn us of danger,” said Pillay from her home on Monday.

“I was terrified. The workers from the nearby garage came to help me. The carried me to safety and called the ambulance.”

A KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson said it was unclear who had shot the victims and said an investigation was under way.   

Mahalingum’s brother, Masla Murugan, said his brother’s wife and two children were battling to cope with his death.

“He was walking towards his car when he was shot. I cannot understand how police can open fire in a public place on a busy Friday afternoon. Something like this was bound to happen.”

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