Man shot dead in Houghton

Police seen outside the Houghton Home in Johannesburg where two suspects allegedly entered, shot and killed a 76 year old man in the early hours of the morning, 13 January 2014, The two suspects fled without taking anything and the motive is unknown. Picture: Alaister Russell

A 76-year-old man was shot dead at his house in Houghton, Johannesburg on Monday, Gauteng police said.

Two men killed the man in front of his wife around 6am, said Constable Thabo Malatjie.

It was believed that the gunmen forced open a gate at the house, which stands on the corner of 6th Avenue and Central Street.

They found a gardener, and forced him to lead them inside the house, where they found a domestic worker and the man’s wife, said Malatjie.

The wife woke her husband, who was shot when he asked what was happening.

“He was shot once in the stomach. He was declared dead on the scene.”

The men then fired two shots outside the house as they ran away, he said.

Nothing was stolen from the house. The motive for the shooting was not known.

Malatjie said no one had been arrested and police were investigating a murder case.


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