Security guard, gunman killed in Joburg CBD shootout

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Two people have been shot dead in the Johannesburg CBD.
Two people have been shot dead in the Johannesburg CBD.
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A security guard and a gunman were killed during a shootout in the Johannesburg CBD this week. 

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said their Undercover Unit was patrolling in the CBD when they came across a shooting at approximately 19:30 on Kerk and Mooi streets.

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When officers identified themselves, the suspects opened fire on them, he said.

"Officers returned fire, injuring one suspect who later died in hospital. A security guard who was allegedly shot by the suspects also died on the scene." 

Minnaar said three gunmen managed to escape. 

He added:

Officers opened a docket at Johannesburg Central Police Station for murder, attempted murder, and the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said they were investigating the matter. 

News24 tried to get clarity as to what had happened prior to the shooting, and whether it was a robbery that was interrupted by the security guard who was then killed by the gunmen.

However, Sello refused to comment further.

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