Bullets fly in Krugersdorp
27 September 2011 Leave a comment
Journalist Sammi-Jo Botha writes from Krugersdorp that stray bullets from a fierce gunfight between cops and robbers killed and injured bystanders some 800 metres from Leratong Krugersdorp hospital; and local white motorists are being targetted by a mystery-gunman with high-velocity bullets, possibly from Vilona Court flats on Piet Retief Avenue…
1 Sept 2011 source: journalist Sammi-Jo Botha – A man died and several bystanders were hit by stray bullets at the scene of a shootout took place 800 metres from Leratong Hospital on Sept 1 2011.
After five men allegedly robbed a white family’s home in Randfontein, a high speed chase ensured. A man standing on the roadside was hit by a stray bullet, and ER24 paramedics tended to him at the scene. Unfortunately, he died at the scene.
ER24 spokesman Vanessa Jackson says, “While paramedics were declaring the man dead, another bystander was also shot in the chest. He is in a critical condition at Leratong Hospital. One other bystander sustained minor injuries.”During the chase a police van overturned. An officer who sustained slight injuries was taken to hospital.
Ben vd Merwe, 76, survives being shot at with powerful ‘stray bullet’ in his car: at least 3 motorists also targetted by mystery-shottist in Monument, Krugersdorp:
22 September 2011 source: journalist Sammi-Jo Botha – A phenomenon of stray bullets plunging through the windows of unsuspecting motorists have hit Monument recently with at least four cases reported to the police.
Ben van der Merwe (76) was a victim of one of these stray bullets on 14 September when it penetrated his passenger window, shattering the glass . “The incident happened at about 11.20am when I was driving on Piet Retief Avenue. I was driving quite slowly when all of a sudden I heard a loud crash. “I was so shocked and didn’t know what to do, so I stopped and got out of the car. I looked around and I suspect that it came from one of the flats in Vilona Court on the left hand side of the street. “I don’t know if it was a pellet gun or a gun from which the bullet was shot, but all I know is it must have been powerful to have hit my car and caused so much damage. Unfortunately the bullet was not found. “If that bullet went straight through my window and there was someone sitting in the passenger seat, that person would have been badly hurt. “I was quoted R1 640 to get my window fixed, but do not have the money right now as I am a pensioner. I look after my car and it feels terrible to see it like this,” explained Ben. The NEWS spoke to a police official and was told that this was “the third or fourth incident reported, and that it is very difficult to find the source of the bullets.”