The swift response by police and private security on Wednesday morning, 14 October 2020 led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of two unlicensed firearms after an armed gang allegedly robbed a store in Westonaria CBD. The third suspect was fatally wounded during the shootout with the security guards.
It is alleged that about eight suspects entered the chain store at about 10h40 and held the employees and shoppers at gunpoint before helping themselves to cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash. On their way out of the store, the suspects were confronted by a private security response team whereafter a shootout ensued which resulted in the death of one suspect while the others fled on foot and some in at least three getaway cars.
With the assistance of community members and employees of the chain store, one of the suspects who ran into a nearby shop was arrested. Police responding to the incident arrested the second suspect a street away from the crime scene and he was found with an unlicensed firearm.
A female bystander was shot in the lower body during the shootout and taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects who are still at large. They are said to be driving a white Nissan Almera, grey Hyundai Accent and grey Toyota Quest. Anyone who might have information that can help in the investigation or assist apprehend the suspects is asked to call the nearest police station or crime stop on 08600 10111.
The arrested suspects will be charged with business robbery, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Source: South African Police Service