Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nomsa Sekele said the incident happened as the family were returning home from church, Benoni City Times reported.
“The 12-year-old son got out of the car and opened the gate for his father when suddenly a silver VW Polo stopped behind them,” Sekele said.
Three occupants reportedly jumped out of the car and approached both sides of the family’s vehicle.
One of the men allegedly stuck his gun through a half-open window of the family’s car and fired, hitting the 38-year-old father in the upper body.
He then died on the scene and was dragged out of the car by the shooter. Another unarmed suspect allegedly demanded money and a cellphone from the victim’s wife.
“She got out of the car and pleaded to take her four-year-old son out of the car,” Sekele added.
After she had taken the child out, the gunmen jumped in the victims’ car and sped off with the family’s white Corsa Lite.
The woman and two children were unharmed and police have opened a case of murder and hijacking.
In November last year, a man was shot in front of his family in a botched hijacking in Kempton Park.
The man’s wife was reportedly approached by three men while she was closing the gate.
Her husband was fatally shot after trying to fight off one of the suspects.
The suspects immediately fled on foot.
– Caxton News Service