The victim allegedly stopped outside school, said police spokesperson Constable Ndivhuwo Mulamu. “He was approached by two men who opened the driver’s side door and demanded money from him. One of the suspects opened the passenger door and grabbed a bag of cash.
“It seems the victim tried to fight back and the suspect shot him three times in the lower and upper body,” Parents and children were hustled inside the school and kept away from the scene.
Police suspected he was followed from the First National Bank in Randburg where he allegedly withdrew R40 000. The suspects fled in a white VW Golf GTi with tinted windows.
Paramedics treated the man on scene before he was rushed to hospital. The victim was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
According to the 2012/13 police crime statistics there were 337 robberies with aggravating circumstances in the Linden police precinct, the station responsible for Victory Park. In 2011/12 there were 311 and in 2010/11 303.
Ward councillor Tim Truluck said this was the fifth shooting in the past six months.
“People are being followed home after drawing large amounts of cash.”
Recounting some of the incidents, Truluck said: “There was a man that was shot late last year with an AK-47; another was shot on Rustenberg Road and yet another was followed from the East Rand to Parkhurst. Although he was not shot, he was held up.”
Transferring funds electronically was the answer, he said. “Criminals are being tipped off; they have guides outside – it is a fairly standard modus operandi. Draw large amounts of cash and you are going to be followed.”