Four men were arrested on Thursday after a shootout between police and armed robbers during the official opening of Springs Mall in Springs, east of Johannesburg, police said.
Police spokesperson Captain Thabo Sibuyi said: “Four suspects were arrested and are still being questioned. Once they get charged they will appear in court soon.”
Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (EDMS) said they responded to a multiple shooting case that took place during the mall opening.
DEMS spokesperson William Ntladi said: “Fire fighters and paramedics promptly responded to the scene after receiving the call to render pre-hospital medical treatments to the casualties.”
Ntladi said five patients were accounted for, of which, two were members of the South African Police Services. “One officer sustained a gunshot wound on the shoulder and was airlifted to Union Hospital for further medical care, while the other member sustained gunshot wound on the hand”.
A third patient, a member of the public, sustained gunshot wounds on her lower abdominal region and was in a serious but stable condition. She was transported by ambulance to far East Rand hospital for further medical care.
Two other patients with minor injuries were privately transported to hospital prior to the arrival of emergency services. According to information, one of the two patients was pregnant and felt to the floor while trying to escape during the shooting.
– African News Agency