#CarlswaldShooting: Three suspects still on the run

People mill around after a shooting in Carlswald.

Update, 10 November, 8am

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) received information from the South African Police Service that a business robbery at Carlswald Lifestyle Shopping Centre was planned for 9 November.

Metro police spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, said, “Acting on a tip-off, metro police’s non-uniformed officers staked out at the targeted shop and saw eight armed suspects approaching the outlet who robbed the shop after forcing the staff members into the back room.

“When the JMPD officers intervened, the suspects fired shots at them and in the exchange, a JMPD officer was shot in the right leg. One suspect was also shot and later taken to hospital. The suspects hijacked a vehicle to make their getaway,” Minnaar said.

Metro police officers arrested them on the Pretoria Main Road, however, three of the suspects managed to escape and are still at large.

“Five suspects were arrested and police recovered illegal firearms together with ammunition and the stolen cash of R1 000. The five suspects are being detained at the Midrand Police Station and will face serious criminal charges of robbery and possession of illegal firearms,” he added

Johannesburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun commended the quick action and joint efforts by the JMPD and SA Police Service.

“It was because of the solid intelligence and combined effort that lead to this successful bust. There is no doubt that as the festive season approaches, the criminals would want to get busy, JMPD will work even more closely with the Saps, other law enforcement agencies, private security companies and the communities to ensure that there will be no room for criminals to stay in our City,” said MMC Sun.

If anyone has information on the above incidence or the whereabouts of the missing suspects, please call SAPS or JMPD on 011 375 5911 to assist with the investigations.

 

 

Update, 9 November, 1.45pm

Five suspects have been arrested for hijacking, attempted business robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms.

Provincial police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said the suspects robbed a cellphone shop of an undisclosed amount of money at Carlswald Lifestyle Shopping Centre before 11am. The suspects had also hijacked a vehicle from a woman before the robbery.

“The suspects tried to leave but police had already arrived at the scene. Shooting ensued as police and suspects exchanged fire. Police chased and arrested the suspects. Investigations are underway,” said Makhubela.

Four firearms were recovered as well as the hijacked vehicle.

Other reports from the scene allege that one of the suspects was earlier seen walking around suspiciously near the shop and when a security guard approached him he pointed a firearm at the guard.

Two community members have spoken with the Midrand Reporter, requesting that only their first names be used. Samantha recalls the shooting, “I was at the Shell garage when all the commotion began. Shots were fired and people drove by quickly, while others ran trying to hide in cars and inside the garage. Private security guards armed themselves in case the suspects came close.”

Ansu added, “We were on New and 16th roads when we saw a white minibus with people carrying guns and waving motorists off the road so they could pass. It was scary.”

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More updates to follow as investigations unfold.

 

Original report, 9 November, 11.39am

The shooting took place at the corner of New and Lever roads

Community members are urged to stay away from the intersection. It has been reported that a cellphone shop has been robbed, and it is believed that four suspects, who were on the run, have been arrested.

Firearms have been confiscated but this information is yet to be verified by the police.

Midrand Reporter is at the scene and will provide more details as they become available.

Law enforcement officers at the scene of a shooting in Carlswald.

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Nokuthula Sonile and Nikita Fernandes

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