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Port Elizabeth police investigate shooting of V&R Auto owner

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Port Elizabeth police investigate shooting of V&R Auto owner

Port Elizabeth police are reportedly searching for a gunman, who allegedly shot and wounded a well-known Port Elizabeth businessman, Raven Rungan, on Wednesday morning.

Rungan, who owns V&R Auto in Walmer, was attacked by the gunman in Kamma Ridge, Port Elizabeth.

According to local radio station, Algoa FM, he had stopped at an intersection when the assailant fired ten shots at him. Four bullets hit him in the upper body.

Police said the alleged attacker fled in a white bakkie.

Rungan is in a stable condition in hospital. 

Tensions have been rising since the entry of V&R Auto into the local vehicle towing space.

Since last, there have been incidents of fights at accident scenes as drivers from competing towing companies compete for business.

In January this year, there were arson attacks at two towing companies including V&R Auto Towing.

Rungan said that the violence was a result of the 'established' towing companies and insurance companies not wanting to let in smaller, 'black-owned' companies into the industry.

In June, a driver from another towing company was shot while sitting in his car outside a Port Elizabeth ambulance services company.

Elsewhere, tensions and shootings have also been reported in the Western Cape, Limpopo, Durban and Gauteng as towing companies battle for business. 

Another local bsuinessman gunned down

The shooting follows the killing of another businessman, 48-year old Rajen Naidoo, on Monday afternoon along Burt Drive. 

Police are also searching for two suspects involved in that shooting.