Police want answers to stray bullet

2015-11-17 06:00

A 65-year-old driving school instructor was shot and wounded in Athlone on Friday afternoon.

The instructor from He and She driving school was in the process of dropping off one of his students. As he drove off down Hickory Street in Kewtown, a shot was fired, piercing the front windscreen of his car and penetrating the left side of his head.

It is believed that only a single shot was fired and that the shooting occurred at about 12:45 in the afternoon.

Sergeant Zita Norman, Athlone police’s spokesperson, says the victim then drove himself to the police station. He was then taken to Groote Schuur Hospital by ambulance.

Norman says it was a stray bullet and that the man could not say whether he saw anyone carrying a firearm, let alone firing one. Police are looking for more information in order to investigate further.

. In other crime-related news in Athlone, a man was the victim of an armed robbery on the corner of Bokmakierie Street and 8th Avenue in Bokmakierie on Friday morning at 10:30.

Athlone police say the victim was approached by three unknown men at the shop on that corner, with one of the alleged suspects asking him for change. After turning away from the one suspect, he encountered another suspect holding a firearm. He was robbed of his watch, cellphone and cash before the robbers fled the scene. No shots were fired and no arrests have been made.

Norman says the value of the stolen items is estimated to be about R16 500.

V Anyone with information regarding these incidents can contact the Athlone police on 021 697 9238/9.

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