Motorist shot dead in botched hijacking as gang flees cops

2016-11-19 15:52
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Johannesburg - A motorist was shot and killed when a gang of hijackers attempted to steal his vehicle as a getaway car while trying to evade police in Riverlea on Saturday.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said police were alerted to a hijacking of a minibus in Johannesburg at about 11:00.

"The vehicle was spotted and the officers followed it. The men noticed that police were chasing them and jumped out of the vehicle in Nasrec Road," he said.

The gang then attempted to hijack any car in the vicinity.

"In their attempt to hijack a Toyota Fortuner, the vehicle owner was shot. They then left that vehicle and hijacked a Nissan bakkie, in which they attempted to escape."

The motorist was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

Police pursued the vehicle and a shootout ensued.

Two of the gang members were shot dead, and the rest of the hijackers escaped on foot.

A stolen VW Passat, which appeared to have been escorting the stolen minibus, was also found deserted.

A rifle and handgun were discovered in the recovered vehicles.

Makhubela said during the chase, an accident occurred involving about four vehicles.

A policeman was also hit in the shootout with the gang but was not seriously injured, he confirmed.

He urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the gang to inform the authorities.

CICA Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness shared a video of the aftermath:

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