Father fatally shot whilst transporting young children to school, Verulam

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Father fatally shot whilst transporting young children to school, Verulam, Photo: RUSA
Father fatally shot whilst transporting young children to school, Verulam, Photo: RUSA

A man was gunned down on Old Main Road, Verulam, in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday morning 15 May 2019, while transporting his son and two other children to school.

At approximately 07:12 a motorist drove to RUSA offices in Verulam reporting multiple shots being fired at a white Toyota Fortuner. Members of Reaction Unit South Africa responded to the scene and upon arrival found three hysterical children approximately 40 meters away from the bullet riddled SUV.

Paramedics assessed the Indian Male driver and found that he had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head and body. Due to the extent of his injuries he died at the scene.

According to witnesses the Toyota Fortuner was approaching the single lane steel bridge when a red VW Polo stopped next to it. The occupants of the VW Polo then opened fire at the driver before the gunmen sped off towards the Verulam CBD.

The children aged 13,11 and 8 were seated behind the driver and were not injured. They were being transported to Crawford College when the shooting occured. Approximately twenty one (21) 9mm spent cartridges were recovered at the scene. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage.

This is the second drive-by shooting in the passed 18 hours reported to RUSA in the Verulam area.

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