Traffic on the N1 North through Sandton remains gridlocked this evening after a shootout between police and suspects on the highway this afternoon forced the closure of four lanes in order for police to investigate.
This left one lane open to traffic on the highway between Rivonia Road and the Buccleuch interchange.
By 6pm, traffic on the N1 North in the Paulshof/Sunninghill area was at a standstill. Community members in the area took to social media groups to discuss the traffic, and many found that traffic was also moving slowly on alternative roads in the Sandton area, such as on Bryanston Drive, Main Road and Witkoppen Road.
@AlexCaige traffic: N1 north traffic due to 3 accidents and about 5 stationery cars in space between Witkoppen and N1 north Pretoria offramp
— Michelle Foot (@MiSh_RoXy) August 18, 2016
Police and paramedics attended the crime scene, and provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela confirmed there was a shootout between police and suspects, but could not confirm any other details, the Sandton Chronicle reported.
Makhubela did reportedly confirm that two unlicensed firearms were recovered.
Emer-G-Med paramedics also attended the scene, and spokesperson Max Cohen said: “It’s believed that the police were chasing a vehicle involved in a house robbery in Roodekrans when the suspects opened fire.”
He said a shootout between police and the suspects ensued, which resulted in the two suspects being shot. “One suspect was shot in the chest and was in a critical condition, requiring Advanced Life Support care. The second suspect sustained only minor injuries,” said Cohen.
He said motorists could expect heavy delays on the N1 North and South between Rivonia Road and the Buccleuch interchange for most of the afternoon as a result of ongoing police investigations.
— EMER-G-MED (@EMER_G_MED) August 18, 2016
More information to follow as it comes to light.
– Caxton News Service