Shooting in suburbia

2014-09-11 00:00

CRIMINALS who fired more than 15 shots at a white Ford Bantam bakkie on Vause Road, Musgrave, yesterday may have been targeting the wrong vehicle.

The bakkie driver and his colleague were not injured.

A police source said a white Audi A4 stopped in front of the bakkie driver, who panicked and reversed into a tree while the gunmen opened fire on the car.

“The driver of the bakkie had no option but to drive straight at the shooters, and they continued to shoot at his tyres and the engine of the car.

“The man got into Ridge Road and drove into the parking lot of the South African Police Service Sydenham Detective Branch offices.

“The shooters stopped pursuing him and drove off.”

Police did not have a clear motive for the attack, but it was clear that the gunmen were trying to disable the vehicle.

“We suspect that it may have been a case of mistaken identity, as the driver of the bakkie did not carry cash and also could not provide any reason why any­one would want to harm him.”

Police are investigating a case of attempted murder.

Shocked residents described the shooting as like something from the scene of a movie.

Lisa Butler (46) who witnessed the incident, said people on the quiet upmarket suburban street were shaken by what happened.

Butler, who had just returned from picking up her children from school, said she was sitting in her bedroom when she heard shots fired and the screeching of car tyres. She got up and looked out of her window and couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

“There was a guy in the middle of the street holding a gun, and then all of a sudden he started shooting at the car.”

Describing the suspects, Butler said: “He [the one man] was wearing a balaclava, a blue top and tan pants. He was a plump fellow.”

She said after firing several rounds, the man nonchalantly got back into a vehicle and the men drove off.

“I think it was an attempted hijacking and the guy was trying to get away from the hijackers,” she said.

Another witness, Andre Watermeye (21), said he was concerned about rising crime in the area.

“There have been three shooting incidents in the last six months, and on average there is at least one house robbery every week.”

A visibly shaken Watermeyer said he had been working in his office at home when he heard shots.

“When I stood up from my chair, I heard an automatic rifle firing shots. By the time I got here, the incident was over.”

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