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Port Elizabeth businessman shot attempting to prevent courier van hijacking

Feb 12, 2019
Port Elizabeth businessman shot attempting to prevent courier van hijacking

A 48-year-old businessman was shot and injured as he came to the rescue of a courier company driver, who was allegedly being held at gunpoint by four unknown males.

"It is alleged that on Tuesday, at about 09:10, the driver had parked his vehicle in Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth, and went on foot to deliver parcels," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The driver (42) and passenger (19) went to different customers.

"As the driver was approaching the vehicle he was accosted by an unknown male from behind, who pointed a firearm at him and instructed him to hand over the vehicle’s keys."

She said that three other suspects joined in.

Businessman had rushed to the aid of the courier company employees

"The owner of a nearby shop witnessed the incident and rushed to the driver’s aid with his firearm."

As he shouted at the suspects, three ran away.

"There was an exchange of gunfire and the civilian was shot twice (in the abdomen and leg)," Col Naidu said.

"It is not clear at this stage if any one of the suspects sustained any injuries.

"The injured man was taken to hospital by private transport."

She said that nothing was taken and police are investigating a case of attempting hijacking and attempted murder.

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