Suspect in Cape Town airport shooting discharged from hospital

2015-09-04 12:13
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Cape Town - One of the suspects involved in an armed robbery at a service station outside Cape Town International Airport has been discharged from hospital, Western Cape police have said.

Three armed men attempted a cigarette van heist at the BP garage at Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday, News24 reported.

Two of the suspects were gunned down during a shoot-out with Fidelity security guards. One died at the scene and another was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Western Cape police told News24 on Friday that the injured suspect had since been discharged and would be charged with attempted armed robbery.

“He was discharged from hospital today [Friday] and we are hoping to have him appear in court as soon as possible. We will have him on the road from Monday,” Captain FC van Wyk said.

A manhunt was still underway for a third suspect still at large, Van Wyk added.

The investigation continues.

‘I’ve never been this afraid’

Eyewitness Andie Morris said she had been waiting in her car at the garage on Wednesday, biding her time to drive into the airport to pick up a colleague, when she heard a loud bang.

"I heard this bang, but thought it was a tyre that burst because it was really calm.

"Nothing seemed out of place, but when I looked behind me, I saw this man in a khaki uniform shooting at the car right next to me. Then I knew something big is wrong. I just ducked in my car. I have never been this afraid in my life."

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega last month said that task teams established two years ago to combat organised crime, specifically mall and cigarette van robberies, were hitting criminals hard.

Since establishing the cigarette van task team in 2013, 359 suspects have been arrested countrywide and 34 vehicles, 25 guns, and 12000 cartons of cigarettes seized, she said.

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