‘He thinks he’s above the law’ – Durban family shot at by angry stranger

2017-08-17 16:13
PHOTO: Facebook, Farren-Jade Louwrens

PHOTO: Facebook, Farren-Jade Louwrens

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Durban - The members of a family from Westville in Durban were left severely injured after they were allegedly shot by a man who was angry at them for being noisy in an estate they were visiting.

 Brother and sister Farren-Jade and Blake and their mother Karen Louwrens were traveling by car in the estate when a man unknown to the family opened fire on them. Farren-Jade and Karen were hit, as well as a cousin and two of his friends.

According to the family Blake, who was visiting family in Hillcrest, took his cousins for a spin in his new car earlier that day. Shortly after returning to the home, a security guard came to tell the family there were armed men at the gate. The men were saying they were sick of the cars making so much noise and they wanted to know who the driver of the Ford ST was.

The family decided to ignore these threats and continued with their braai.

Later, as they were leaving the estate, they noticed someone following them. Blake pulled over to find out why they were being tailed – only to see their pursuer was armed with a revolver.

Blake tried to drive away but the man came after them, shooting at their car. One bullet hit his sister in the shoulder while his mom was hit in the thigh.

Their attacker allegedly sped off after this.

Blake, who is the reigning South African Strongman in the under-105 kg division, spoke to YOU about his family’s ordeal.

“My mother and sister are still shaken up, especially my sister, who’s still in a lot of pain because the bullet that went into her shoulder will only be removed in six weeks’ time.

“My cousin Tristan White and two of his 18-year-old friends were in the car behind us and were also caught in the cross-fire.

“They’re also pretty shaken up and they have their matric trials coming up, so I think maybe they’ll have to see counsellors,” he said.

Farren-Jade posted pictures of her and her mother’s injures on Facebook, saying she’s grateful nothing worse happened to her and her family.

Of their attacker Blake said, “I think he thinks he’s above the law and has got away with cases before and can continue to do it again.

“We have also hired PI Brad Nathanson to work with us to make sure this man isn’t a threat to anyone else until justice is served,” he said.

Although still traumatised, Blake said that his family is extremely grateful to have survived.

“We thank God for watching over us and thank family, friends and everyone who’s phoned, messaged, been here and showed support in these difficult times.”

The suspect handed himself over to police on Monday and has been charged with attempted murder.


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