Police are investigating ‘Wild West’shooting

BARBERTON – According to spokesman Sgt Gerald Sedibe no arrests have been made.

“We have opened a case of attempted murder and will add more charges when the time comes,” said Sedibe.

On the night of the incident, a response team from Hi-Tech Barberton which reacted to an alarm signal at 19:45, drove into a scene resembling a Wild West movie.

Security officers Janus Janse van Rensburg and Rian Prinsloo were driving in Paul Davies Street when three men opened fire on them.

One of the suspects had a gunshot wound, yet ran towards the donga with his two accomplices and managed to evade capture.

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Investigations revealed that illegal miners had been involved in a fight on Sheba Road, which runs parallel to Paul Davies Street.
“According to a resident, three men were gathered at a garden flat at 120 Sheba Road. One apparently asked loudly and repeatedly where his gold was,” said Janse van Rensburg.

This was followed by gunshots.

When the Hi-Tech officers arrived, they discovered that the flat had been ransacked, as if someone had been looking for something.

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Two men suffering from gunshot wounds were found on the scene.

One had been grazed on his head by a bullet and the other had been shot in a foot.

Both were taken to Rob Ferreira Hospital.

Tereasa Dias

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