Man’s routine may have cost him his life

2013-05-18 00:00

WILLIAM Sharman was a man of routine and in the end it may have been what cost the retiree his life.

Sharman, in his 60s, was shot three times early yesterday morning as he prepared to open up his son-in-law’s scrap business in New Germany.

Walter Riggien, who married Sharman’s daughter only three weeks ago, said the family was devastated. “My mother-in-law is not coping at all.”

Riggien said Sharman, who was retired and helped out at his business in Posselt Road, was carrying a briefcase containing his lunchbox and laptop when he arrived at the premises at 6.30 am.

He got out of his car and was approached by a man wielding a gun. Three shots were fired at Sharman, hitting him twice in the chest and once in the head. He died at the scene, said Riggien.

“I open at 7 am and he was always an early bird and a man of routine, which may have been to his detriment,” said Riggien, who had not yet arrived at work.

Sharman was likely a target — Riggien said police told him the perpetrators got wind that his father-in-law arrived punctually each morning and carried with him a briefcase. The attack was planned the night before, said Riggien.

Sharman also had a firearm, but had no chance to use it. It was left behind by the shooter.

In a moment of bravery, neighbours who witnessed the shooting chased down the alleged killer and apprehended him, recovering the briefcase.

Riggien said four other suspects waiting in a getaway car sped off.

Colonel Vincent Mdunge said a suspect, aged 23, was arrested and will appear in court soon.

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