Man shot dead in attempted hijacking

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The suspects fled with a wallet and a tablet.

A 21-year-old man was shot dead during an attempted hijacking in, Florida, on the West Rand.

It is alleged the man and his friend, who were waiting to pick up another friend, were standing outside their friend’s home next to their vehicle when a blue BMW pulled up next to them on Friday, Roodepoort Record reported.

Florida police spokesperson Captain Lydia Dikolomela said the men were ordered to lie on the ground. It is uncertain why the hijacker started shooting, but he fired about seven shots of which two hit the victim. The suspects fled with a wallet and a tablet. The second man was not shot but kicked while he was lying on the ground.

Attempts by paramedics to save the victim’s life were unsuccessful. He died on the scene.

No arrests have been made.

In a separate incident, a man was shot dead in an attempted hijacking in Durban’s southern suburb of Lotus Park last November.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said two gunmen had tried to hijack the bakkie, but the driver resisted and drove off. He had, however, been fatally wounded but managed drive up Lotus Drive before veering off the road and crashing into a gate post.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said that when paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the man slumped over the steering wheel. Botha said he had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and had already died.

– Caxton News Service

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