4 die in supermarket shootout

2010-08-24 14:45

Johannesburg - Three people were killed and a fourth died on the way to hospital after a shootout during a robbery at a Spar supermarket in Benoni on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.

Captain Katlego Mogale said police were following up on crime intelligence information relating to a possible robbery at the supermarket in Bayley Street, Farrarmere, when they came upon eight people robbing it at around 09:30.

"When they saw the police a shootout ensued," said Mogale.

Three men, believed to be robbers, were killed on the scene.

Crash in parking lot

The remainder of the all-male gang tried to speed off but they crashed into two police vehicles in the parking lot.

Police arrested five of them, one of whom was critically injured and later died on his way to hospital.

ER24 said their paramedics treated a police officer for moderate injuries caused by the crash and took him to hospital in case he had a spinal injury.

Mogale said that the money that was stolen from the shop and cellphones stolen from customers were recovered, and six firearms were taken in by police.

Police also found three cars they linked to the crime - a silver BMW and a silver Hyundai, both stolen in Sunnyside, Pretoria, and a blue Citi Golf.

The four men are expected to face charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and possession of stolen goods at the Benoni Magistrates' Court soon.

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