Saturday, July 21, 2007

Troubled Friday night in Kraaifontein


By Rhodé Marshall
21 July 2007

A five-year-old boy has died during the gunpoint robbery of a 67-year-old in Kraaifontein on Friday night.

The man was threatened by three men who were demanding money. He was then robbed of an undisclosed amount of money at an Engen station near the N1, Cape Town.

A family of Oudtshoorn, who witnessed the incident, tried to drive off for their own safety, this angered the robbers who then retaliated by stopping the family and shooting at them.

“The suspects fired several shots into the car and the five-year-old boy was shot in the face and later died in hospital,” says police spokesperson, Constable Siphokazi Mawisa.

No other people were injured. A case of armed robbery and murder is being investigated.

In a separate incident, yet another taxi shooting has hit the Kraaifontein area.

Mawisa says a 31-year-old taxi driver was shot in front of his boss’s house after dropping off money. The taxi driver was accompanied by two other taxi drivers.

“On their way back to the taxi, the three men were approached by another three men who started firing several shots at them,” says Mawisa.

Most of the shots appeared to have been targeted at the 31-year-old taxi driver. He was shot in the head and later died in hospital.

“The other two men both sustained gun shot wounds to the back and are both in a stable condition in hospital," says Mawisa.

Mawisa added that the suspects of both incidents fled the scenes on foot and is still at large.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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