M1 shooting like a movie - witnesses

2013-10-22 18:15
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Shootout on M1 in Joburg

The M1 in Killarney, north of Johannesburg has been closed after a shootout on the highway. One man is reportedly critically injured. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - A shooting on Tuesday on the M1-south highway near Killarney in Johannesburg was like a movie, said witnesses.

"It sounded like a battlefield," said Nomonde Sithebe, who works at an office park close to the scene.

"We heard gunshots. They were so loud... I think they exchanged more than 30 bullets."

A man in a minibus taxi chased by police was shot and wounded in the shooting.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said the man suffered wounds to the upper leg.

Eyewitness Khanyisile Khoza said the man's wounds were severe.

"I don't think his lower part will ever work again," she said.

The man was taken to hospital under police guard.

Police were still searching for his accomplice, who fled after the bullet-riddled taxi came to a standstill near the Joe Slovo Drive off-ramp.

The man shot at police as he fled.

The wrecked vehicle was still parked under the bridge near the off-ramp by lunchtime and ballistics officials were combing the scene.

Confronting the driver

Dlamini said police approached the minibus taxi at a Pretoria taxi rank after a commotion, but it sped off.

"Police officers summoned back-up vehicles, including a chopper."

Witnesses said shots were also coming from the chopper.

The man who fled the scene shot at police and they returned fire.

Dlamini said police had his particulars and were searching for him.

No police officials or other motorists were injured in the shoot-out.

The taxi driver would be charged with malicious damage to property and attempted murder.

Traffic on the M1-south was disrupted and traffic was moving slowly as dozens of traffic officials, police officers, and medics worked on the scene.

The police landed their helicopter on the highway. Shortly before 15:00, it was still there.

Traffic was being redirected.

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