Syndicate targeting Sandton primary schools

2012-01-24 09:50

Johannesburg - A syndicate targeting primary schools in Sandton is believed to be behind a shoot-out between police and a man outside Bryanston Parallel Medium Primary on Tuesday.

The shoot-out erupted after a security guard alerted police to a man in a black Subaru.

No injuries were reported, said Captain Kym Cloete.

Police suspect the man may have been linked to a jamming device syndicate - who jam car alarm systems when vehicles are locked.

"On approaching the vehicle, the male occupant pulled out a firearm and fired. Police tried to block his vehicle with their car but he was able to evade it."

An exchange of gunfire ensued. While escaping in the Subaru, he hit another car, believed to belong to a parent. It was not known whether he was injured during the crossfire.

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  • Mike - 2012-01-24 10:00

    ... I hope he was shot dead in the crossfire... !

      Gerhard - 2012-01-24 10:38

      I hope not for the cop’s sake. They would then have deemed to have used unnecessary force and this would be against the criminal’s rights. The cops would be taken to a hearing and be dismissed and the criminal would get off on a technicality and because he would have suffered enough already.

      Bryan - 2012-01-24 10:48

      I agree Mike. One bullet, right between the eyes. I am sick of these criminals operating near our schools.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-24 10:49

      Gerhard I soooo have to regret to say you 100% RIGHT!! Pease me OFF!!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-24 11:04

      Chris, I don't think they get the sarcasm in my comment. It's pathetic how these guys get away with murder. If anything, can these criminals and potential murderers please stay away from our schools!!!

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-01-24 11:44

      Use minimal force at all times please. One killing shot, don't let the criminal suffer.

      beanaroo - 2012-01-24 11:45

      I would like to see these thugs brutally harmed just as much as you do but a dead Nigerian wouldn't help the authorities get rid of the problem. Shoot the bugger where it hurts and keep him.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-24 13:11

      @mike i doubt he would have gotten away then

  • Willie - 2012-01-24 10:01

    What's the procidure when approaching suspect in cars? our police need a proper training

      Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 10:10

      Sargon it goes down to training. When I was in the cops this cretin would never have 'escaped'. We lived for this sort of thing. He would have gone down in a hail of bullets or we would have chased him and caught doubt about it. It's another sign of the guards in cops uniform.

      Denzil - 2012-01-24 10:11

      The correct procedure will result in 1000's of cases of brutality. The correct procedure was followed when Winnie Mandela's entourage was stopped. That resulted in the two policemen disappearing from the face of the earth.

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 10:13

      Sargon... have you ever tried to handle a firearm with hands covered in fried chicken fat?.... me neither, but it cant be easy :)

      Willie - 2012-01-24 10:34

      Why are given thumbs down ,Joumaseperd ?

      Nosiphom - 2012-01-24 10:38

      You are 100% right Sargon. I once saw police investigating a car, but the way they were doing the job was such that if the guys in the car whose engine and VIN number was being checked were bad guys and armed, they would have shot two policeman dead and drove away. In Brazil before police search the car they make sure the occupants are out of the car, searched for firearms, and aonly when they are found to be unarmed do the police then search the car without anyone inside.

      Warmonger - 2012-01-24 10:40

      @ E=MC2 : Brilliant! Ha ha!!! Or the po-liic was so fat he could not reach his gun on his hip. Or the magazine was lost. OR he forgot his gun at the office after his nap. OR the criminal he rented it out to for the weekend had not returned it yet. Or....

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 10:51

      OR... on the counter of the KFC he just came from... :D

      alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-24 11:08 all seem to forget... approuch a suspect vehcile ARMED..?! ARE YOU MAD? Did you forget what happened to the cops that approuched a suspect vehcile when Winnie happened to be the passenger... They are without jobs!! I am all for the bullets flying and know cops live to take down the criminal, but they are powerless all thanks to our "lovley" government...

  • Thulisa - 2012-01-24 10:04

    Why is he showing his "sickness" next to a school, I wonder! These police should attend aim, shoot and don't miss classes..........

  • Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 10:07

    This is a sign of the times chaps. Even our kids aren't safe anymore. God help us.

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-24 10:44

      True, but he may have been there to kidnap another young girl and ship her off to Cape Town to become a prostitute. Great work by the security gaurd who alerted the cops in the first place, pity about the result though. Not good for primary scholl kids to witness this when arriving at school.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 10:08

    The filthy low life bottom feeders in this country who want to live the high life and never work a day know no boundries! Shoot to kill! Wake up Mr President, the country is falling to pieces around you whilst you are in denial and having multi million rand parties!!!!!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-24 11:11

      Please, don't awake the dead!

      Angela Nell - 2012-01-24 11:34

      DuToitCoetzee *highfive* for that comment :)

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 10:10

    watch this turn out to be a toddler on a tricycle shooting pigeons before school with his pellet gun

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 10:41

      why the thumbs down? lol... some ppl

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-24 11:02

      You figure it out bonehead!

      E=MC2 - 2012-01-24 11:36

      cliff - grow a sence of humour quick then come back & read my comment... bonehead

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-24 12:47

      Does not help bonehead :-)))))))))))))

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-24 12:49

      Do you think this is funny e=mc2????????

  • Rainbow - 2012-01-24 10:11

    Why was he not chased by the cops?.

      Ashley - 2012-01-24 10:17

      Coz he was driving a Subaru and our cop cars are too slow.

      Billy - 2012-01-24 11:16

      Coz he was fit and our cops are fat

  • Johan - 2012-01-24 10:14

    Since we all het to reregister our fire arms, the criminals are better armed than we are, especially since the SAPS loose / sell so many of their fire arms

  • Joe - 2012-01-24 10:19

    I guess they didn't chase after him because they needed to go grocery shopping with their police vehicle??

  • tony.daserra - 2012-01-24 10:20

    i heard Sanji security systems have vehicle alarms that will auto arm your car even if there is a jammer in the area..

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-24 10:25

    Only update I want to read is that the thief has been killed!

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-24 10:32

    Hope the solar bullet gets him

  • Heleen - 2012-01-24 10:33

    Our kids are in that school and I can tell you it is a shot to our hearts listening to the news reports not knowing exactly what happened.. the first news report we heard was just to say there was a shooting at the Bryanston Parallel Medium school... Now that could have meant anything.. Please when reporting stories, be considerate of the parents and the people that are on the receiving end of the news... However thank you to EWN that replied to my message.. But yes... They should kill these pieces of crap that are doing this at our schools..

  • Verona - 2012-01-24 10:33

    Police didnt do a good job then! Our kids are still not safe! doesn't make a difference to parents!

  • Silvana - 2012-01-24 10:43

    Kill these bastards! Is nothing sacred to them? Most peobably target the schools hoping that the cops will show caution when firing around school kids.

      Say - 2012-01-24 11:02

      dear Silvana, EXTRA CAUTION is required around school kids killing a child is not worth saving a handbag... not even a Louis Vuitton (or the ripoffs that law abiding citizens buy from the local Chinese Mall")

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-01-24 10:43

    It's becoming like the wild, wild west!

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 10:45

    this country is slowely and systematically being posessed by the devil..(cANCer) ... not even primary schools are safe!!!!!!!!

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 14:54

      Exorcism by bullet. Works everytime.

  • Willem - 2012-01-24 10:50

    My son is at that school. I hope they get him...

      Linda - 2012-01-24 11:24

      Unfortunate phrasing there, Willem.

      Joe - 2012-01-24 14:17

      hahah well spotted Linda. Willem does your son usually take a gun to school? ahahahah

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-01-24 10:57

    What is is this country becoming ? This is a SCHOOL not a bloody shebeen.Where is it safe for children in this country????????????????????

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  • Say - 2012-01-24 10:57

    Wow !! everyone is calling for shots to be fired…my kids are in that school…what would you have said if someone missed and killed or injured a child???

      Angela Nell - 2012-01-24 11:03

      My kids are also in BPMS and I'm so thankful that no child was injured

      Ronel Kotze - 2012-01-24 19:34

      My son is also there and I really think the whole situation was handled badly by the school and the dropp off your child just to hear an hour later that there was a shoot out at the school, without tbe school attempting to notify the parents ect.

  • almariv - 2012-01-24 11:14

    Luckily my daughter's not in that school anymore! But then again... it can happen at any school... That low life rubbish should pay for his actions!!

  • mbongenia - 2012-01-24 11:19

    Big up for the Security Guard

  • Gideon - 2012-01-24 11:43

    I can just hear Gun Free South Africa: "But the school is a gun free zone! How on earth did criminals manage to bring guns into a gun free zone? We put up little signs and everything!" Duuuuuuuh! You are the weakest link, goodbye!

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-01-24 11:43

    Use minimal force at all times please. One killing shot, don't let the criminal suffer.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-24 11:52

    I think its time to be sensible in the ANC South Africa, Kids should be given firearms!

      Gideon - 2012-01-24 12:15

      The boys can get little blue ones, and the girls can get little pink ones. How cute won't they be in their little flak jackets!

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-24 12:26

    Eish The comrades will deal with him - tonight he dies.

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-01-24 13:33

    Our highly trained cops manage to lose another one.

  • craig.vanstraten - 2012-01-24 13:53

    The dark eyed devil should go back to satang!

      Jakes Du Plessis - 2012-01-24 14:42

      The news artical says outside the school, which is false, it happened inside the school. Undercover police officers tried to trap him inside the school and this is when the shootout started. This to me sounds like a sting operation inside the school property, with kids present. My kid is in this school and this is not acceptable

      Ronel - 2012-01-24 19:49

      Jakes, I spoke to the cops when I went to fetch my son (at 9h00), and he told me they were waiting for the guy...amazing how there is a twist in the story now..if this is indeed the case it is disgusting of the school to allow it!!!!

  • Atanya - 2012-01-24 18:25

    This is my sons school and only his second week there in grd one. his granny dropped him off and she was in the parking lot when she heard the shots. apparently the guy was shot in the shoulder. no one else was injured

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