#SandtonShootout: Suspect at large, 3 in custody

2016-10-19 13:36
Police officers on the scene of the shootout in Sandton. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Police officers on the scene of the shootout in Sandton. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Cape Town - Four people, three of them believed to be hijackers, were injured in a shootout in Sandton after an alleged Robbery in Rivonia on Wednesday.

The shootout occurred in Grayston Drive and Katherine Street in Sandton, reportedly after the police chased a gang after a hijacking incident.

Three of the suspects were arrested and one got away and is still at large.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele told the Sandton Chronicle that officers were following up on a lead when the suspects were spotted in a white Mercedes. They chased the men and a shootout ensued.

"Three are in custody and one ran away," he said. 

A firearm and a hijacked vehicle was recovered.

According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, one of the injured was a security guard who sustained minor injuries when he climbed a barbed-wire fence and the other three were the three suspects.

He told News24 that the suspects were apparently injured during the chase and did not sustain bullet wounds in the shootout. 

No serious injuries were reported.

READ: Shootout in Sandton

Emergency medical service EMER-G-MED said in a statement that on-scene reports indicated that the suspects' vehicle was spotted by police travelling on the highway.

"The suspects opened fire and a shootout ensued." 

Traffic came to a standstill and delays would continue while the scene was processed.

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