Man shot dead at Builders Warehouse

2012-02-22 09:53
Johannesburg - A Builders Warehouse shopper was shot dead on Wednesday when four men attempted to rob the store, Johannesburg police said.

The shooting occurred at the Rivonia branch at around 06:40, said Captain Kym Cloete.

"Employees and security at Builders Warehouse were busy opening the business for the day and they were then approached by one suspect dressed in security uniform," said Cloete.

They let him in because he was in uniform, but he then held them at gunpoint and was joined by three other men.

"The suspects demanded cash, but when the employee was unable to unlock the safe he was assaulted," said Cloete.


At that point, two male customers arrived at the store. One of them was shot by the robbers, who then ran away.

The employee who was assaulted was not seriously injured, said Cloete.

Massmart confirmed the incident, saying the duty manager was unable to open to safe due to strict security measures in place at the store.

"The armed men then left the store and in what appears to be an attempt to secure a getaway vehicle, they confronted a member of the public who was parked in the parking lot. A scuffle ensued and it is with the deepest and utmost regret that we have to confirm the owner of the vehicle was shot and fatally wounded."

Massmart said trauma counsellors are on scene.

The store, which is now a crime scene, is currently not open for trade, it added.

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