A farm owner was shot and wounded during an attempted robbery in the north of Pretoria, possibly by the same man who tried robbing a neighbour only a few hours before, reports Pretoria Moot Rekord.
The shooting took place in Bultfontein on Wednesday night, according to GAC (Group Against Crime) Risk Solutions owner Juan du Plessis.
Before the shooting, it is believed the suspect was involved in an attempted robbery at a nearby plot earlier that day.
“The [Huilboom Street] plot owner was leaving his house around 5.30pm when he was approached by an unknown man with a handgun,” Du Plessis told Rekord.
“The owner then ran inside the house to fetch his own weapon. When he returned, the suspect had fled the scene.”
Du Plessis said the GAC Risk Solutions, the community and CPF received the call around 5.55pm of the attempted armed robbery.
GAC Risk solutions officers arrived shortly, but the suspect could not be found.
A search party was held by private security officers until 7.45pm, Du Plessis added.
“Between 7.45pm and 8.20ppm, possibly the same suspect entered another plot, two holdings away from the first incident,” he said.
He entered the house through the kitchen door and found the plot owner “who was busy with his daily house routines”.
“The suspect held the owner at gunpoint before shooting him in the stomach.”
Du Plessis said the owner managed to get to the neighbour’s house for help.
He said that officers and the community joined GAC officers to search for the suspect.
“The suspect was wearing a blue shirt with blue tekkies. The search for the suspect was called off around midnight,” Du Plessis said.