A 36-year-old man was killed in an attempted robbery at Shell garage Bushbuckridge shopping complex on Tuesday last week at around 5 am. The man used to work as a security guard at Twin city Shopping Complex in Bushbuckridge.
According to Captain Ndlovukazi Mashele spokeswoman for Bushbuckridge SAPS, “at around 5 am an unknown man came to the shell garage with an empty bottle pretending to buy petrol but as the petrol attendants were busy, the man went to the security car which was parked next to the garage. The deceased was inside the security guard’s car, the hitman took out his gun and fired one shot at the guard in the tummy through a window killing him on the spot”.
She further said, after shooting the security guard he dragged him out of the car and drove the car into the shell garage door and he was later joined by two other armed men inside the garage while one of them was standing outside the garage shooting at cars coming to the garage,” “Three of the suspects inside went to the safe room and attempted to bomb the safe but they didn’t succeed. After their attempt they then demanded money from the till and flee the scene with less than R200 in a silver Mercedes Benz,” said Mashele.
One of the security guards who was also working that day with the deceased said he was busy doing his day job when he heard a bomb sound and ran through to the garage to see what was happening that’s when he saw his colleague lying on the ground shot.
When Bushbuckridge News visited some of the shop owners at the shopping complex they said they are devastated with the shooting and they now fear for their lives as well of their employees.
This was not the first incident reported, shops like Nizams and A1 Fisheries were robbed as well earlier last month.
The police are doing their best to patrolling and monitoring the shops in the shopping center. “I think there is someone who is looking at what the police are doing watching every move when the police shift to another location that’s when they strike”. The police are pleading with the community calling for people who have information about the shootings. Anyone with information can contact the Anonymous Tip line on 082 303 9932.