- Four men are suspected of trying to rob a clothing store in Durban's workshop mall, but allegedly shot each other by mistake as they fled
- The men, who were armed, allegedly stole cellphones and held the clothing store's staff up at gunpoint
- Paramedics and police were called to the scene, but the suspects had fled and no other injuries were sustained
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DURBAN - Four men allegedly tried to rob a shop in the Workshop mall in Durban, but in an awkward turn of events the men accidentally shot each other as they tried to leave the scene on foot.
Captain Nqobile Gwala, a police spokesperson, said at 8 am on Monday 22 November 2021 the four men stormed the mall and held staff at a clothing store up at gunpoint. They stole cellphones, but their exact motive is unknown at present.
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The suspects got away, but the store opened a case of business robbery at the Durban Central police station, Times Live reports.
Details of the botched robbery
Kyle van Reenen, a spokesperson for Emer-G-Med, stated that paramedics received reports of a shooting at the Workshop mall and they responded to the calls.
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According to IOL, the paramedics were greeted by a large number of police officers when they arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.
Van Reenan added that the suspects and mall security had an altercation, which may have caused the four men to shoot each other by mistake while fleeing.
Reactions to accidental shooting during robbery
"How ya'll know they didn't mean to shoot each other?"
"Nothing works in this country! Even criminals are incompetent."
"Festive is around the corner. We will see more of these."
"A Proudly South African headline."
Teen, 14, crashes dad's car into a taxi
Previously Briefly News reported that on 21 October, a minibus taxi collided with an SUV that led to 23 school children sustaining both minor and serious injuries on Mafukuzela Road in Ntuzuma, north of Durban.
The accident happened at around 7:30am while the children were on their way to school. Speaking to Briefly News, Prem Balram, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson, stated that a 14-year-old had been driving his father's BMW when he lost control and collided with the taxi.
Balram added that neither the driver of the minibus taxi nor the teenager were injured. He explained that the children sustained injuries because of the impact of the accident but no child was thrown out of the vehicle.
Source: Briefly News