Paramedic shot dead while buying food

2017-03-13 17:26
Paramedics protest over attacks against their colleagues (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

Paramedics protest over attacks against their colleagues (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - A paramedic was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Tshwane at the weekend, police said.

He had apparently gone to buy food when the incident occurred. 

On Monday Captain Kay Makhubela said the paramedic and a colleague went to buy food at a local spaza shop on Saturday evening at around 21:00. 

"Two armed men attacked the paramedics while they were at the shop. One of the paramedics was shot in the upper body while the other one took cover," Makhubela said. 

Makhubela said the paramedic was reported dead on Sunday. 

Gauteng MEC for health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said the department was shocked and disheartened by the incident.

"Senior department officials have visited the family and we will work with law enforcement agencies to bring those who have done this to justice. We urge members of the community to come forward with information that could lead to apprehension of the suspects," Ramokgopa said. 

Ramokgopa has called on residents to protect EMS vehicles and healthcare workers who provide critical services. 

Police are investigating a case of business robbery and murder. 

No arrests have been made. 

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