66 year old gunned down in Port Elizabeth hijacking


66 year old gunned down in Port Elizabeth hijacking
One person shot in Turffontein, Johannesburg.

A group of armed robbers, gunned down an unnamed 66 year old Port Elizabeth man like a dog on July 29th.

The group of suspects robbed a a jewellery store in the Greenacres Shopping Center in Port Elizabeth on Friday July 29th.

Police said an armed gang entered Fischer’s Jewelers around 9.30am and held up staff before taking an undisclosed amount of jewellery. A display window was broken when the suspects fled the store, Police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg said.

According to reports the suspects ran out of the center and attempted to hijack a vehicle in the parking area. However, the suspects were confronted by a responding police officer. Not too far from the scene where the police were, the suspects attempted to hijack another vehicle. The 66-year-old owner of an pick-up truck resisted the hijacking and was fatally wounded.

The perpetrators fled on foot toward a cellphone shop in Cape Road, after realizing the police were closing in on them. However, a security guard confronted the suspects who managed to succeed in hijacking a white VW Polo. It is alleged that three of the suspected drove away in the polo while the other suspect fled on foot and successfully arrested in Westview Drive, Mill Park by another security company.

Janse Van Rensburg said that some of the stolen jewellery was recovered in a fast food parking lot. The hijacked VW Polo details were circulated, and various South African Police officers in vehicles responded to the call. Police recovered the abandoned Polo in a cul-de-sac in 2nd Avenue, Newtown Park.

The police acted upon reports of the suspects fleeing toward a taxi rank in Durban Road, arrested another two in a taxi. Two firearms were found in their possession. More of the stolen jewelry was recovered.

A case of murder, two accounts of attempted hijacking, armed robbery, two counts of illegal possession of ammunition and a firearm, possession of suspected stolen property and carjacking have been opened by the police. “The suspects are expected to appear in court soon,” said Janse Van Rensburg.

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