Sandton shopper shot dead

2012-02-22 08:17

Robbers killed a shopper in the parking lot of Builders Warehouse, Sandton, while trying to secure a getaway car.

The incident happened after 6am today, Massmart – which owns Builders Warehouse – said in a statement.

“The armed men ... 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 that the owner of the vehicle was shot and fatally wounded.”

The company said the men had left the store after failing to rob the safe.

The police’s Captain Kym Cloete said employees and security at the store were opening the business for the day when they were approached by a man dressed in security uniform.

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 and one of them was shot, said Cloete.

Massmart said as the store was a crime scene and therefore would not be open for trade.

Trauma counsellors would be available to assist employees and members of the public who were present at the time of the shooting.

“At this stage, our thoughts are with the family of the victim ... to whom we will provide all assistance as required,” said Massmart.

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