Man shot in face and stomach during hijacking

Man shot in face and stomach during hijacking

Durban – A South African hijack victim who was shot in the face at point-blank range told on Wednesday night how he narrowly escaped with his life as the bullet exited just 5mm from an artery in his neck.

Andre Rhoodie, 44, of Benoni, was driving in South Coast Road, Mobeni, at about 6.20am on Wednesday, when he was attacked by two gunmen.

As he slowed to turn into the driveway of a Hyundai car dealership, the gunmen approached his car.

Within seconds, one smashed the driver’s side window with his gun and shot Rhoodie in the face.

He managed to stumble out of the vehicle and as he tried to flee, the robber shot him again, this time in the stomach.

The men then made their getaway in his white Hyundai.

Speaking from his hospital bed in Durban before going into theatre for surgery, the shaken father of two described his near death experience.

“As I slowed down to enter the driveway of the premises, I saw a shadow on my right. Within a split second I saw my driver’s side window shatter. As the glass burst, I was startled.

“The robber used the butt of the gun to shatter the window and before I knew it, he had opened fire on me,” said Rhoodie, who had difficulty speaking because of his facial wound.

“I managed to stumble out of the car and tried to get away. The gunman shot me again in my stomach. I fell to the ground in agony but was conscious all the time. They then drove off. Everything happened within a minute,” he said…

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