Faerie Glen shooting a hit – Neighbourhood Watch

2011-11-08 12:22

The shooting that claimed the life of a young mother in Faerie Glen, east of Pretoria, today was a hit, the local Neighbourhood Watch said.

“There is no doubt it was definitely a hit,” chairman Fanus Johnson said. He said witnesses told members of the Neighbourhood Watch that two people on a motorbike had been seen waiting in the area since 6.30am.

Earlier, police said witnesses told them that Chantal Hatting (25) was driving in Manitoba Drive around 7.10am when a motorcycle carrying two people overtook her. Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot said witnesses told police several shots were fired from the motorbike.

Johnson said Hatting was driving home after dropping off her four-year-old son at a preprimary school when she was shot. Her car veered off the road on to the pavement and crashed into a rock after travelling about 100m.

Neighbourhood Watch volunteers pulled Hatting from the car, but she showed no signs of life. When paramedics arrived, they declared her dead on the scene.

Lightfoot said no bullet casings were found at the scene. This could indicate a revolver was used to shoot Hatting. Revolvers – unlike pistols – do not eject the bullet casings, he said.

Johnson said the dog squad had been to the scene. “The dog squad found something in a stormwater drain, but it couldn’t be opened,” he said.

Johnson said there had been speculation that the murder was related to a custody battle between Hatting and her estranged husband.

Lightfoot said this was mere speculation: “It is difficult to say. We are investigating, but for now we don’t know what the motive was.”

He said the police would “get to the crux of the matter” as the investigation progressed. No arrests had been made by 1.30pm.

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