‘It’s pure luck the parking was empty during the shooting’

2014-05-15 00:00

RESIDENTS on Voortrekker Street in Pine­town yesterday dived for cover as four robbers took on police in a gunfight.

The road, despite being close to the Ashley Sports Ground and Knowles Super Spar, is usually quiet, residents said.

Daan Cornelius said he had just woken up when gun shots rang out. He said he had opened the windows and was about to open the door when speeding cars shot past his home about 50 metres from where the Toyota Corolla driven by armed thugs crashed.

“It took a while to make sense of what was happening. At first I heard the gun shots from a distance and I made nothing of it. Later I realised that the sounds were closer and then I heard the screeching of the cars.

“As I approached the door to have a look more gun shots rang out and I slammed my door shut and listened from the inside,” said Cornelius.

He said he again peeped through the window and saw more police vans and ambulances speeding down the road.

He said it was God’s will that parents had not arrived to drop off their children at the Kokkewiet Pre-Primary School about 10 metres from where the getaway vehicle crashed.

“It’s pure luck that the parking was empty during the shooting. These parents and their children would have been easily caught in the cross-fire. The sad thing is that these criminals will go to jail and come out in no time, only to commit more crime,” he said.

Sphelele Gantsho, a security guard who works in the area, said he saw the driver of the vehicle and another man running into a yard, while the other two occupants had shot at the police.

“By that time it was clear that the game was over for the thugs. They fired a few shots when they got out of the car and they surrendered. I saw the police chasing the two who ran away, but they came back with one man, the driver,” said Gantsho, whose guard hut is situated opposite the pre-primary school.

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