- Video of an incident in which a would-be victim shoots at two alleged card scammers has gone viral on social media
- In the clip shared on Twitter, two men can be seen scurrying back to their car as another man walks up behind them with a gun
- The clip drew the attention of locals, many of whom spoke out against the rampant crime in and around Johannesburg's city centre
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A spine-chilling video is doing the rounds on social media showing an armed man shooting at would-be robbers in broad daylight on a busy street in Fordsburg, an area located near Johannesburg CBD.
The incident was captured on CCTV. Here, two men are seen retreating to a silver Toyota Corolla parked on the side of the road. Another man is seen chasing after them while holding what appears to be a gun in his hand.
"Man shoots at alleged card scammers: Fordsburg, JHB," the caption reads.
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The armed man is seen walking up to the vehicle as the assailants jump into it. He trains the weapon on the driver's side window, but the car speeds off, and the supposed would-be victim begins firing at the front and back tyres to immobilise it.
Witnesses rush to the scene
At one point, while shooting at the wheels, the offensive man moves his foot sharply away as a bullet seems to ricochet off the street. In the end, despite his best efforts, the alleged scammers manage to get away before he starts walking back in the direction from which he came while still brandishing his weapon.
Several people who either witnessed the shooting or heard the gunshots go off gathered, including a homeless man who was seen searching for scraps inside the bins as the scenes unravelled.
Attempts by Briefly News to obtain an official comment on the incident from Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo were unsuccessful at the time of publication.
The video contains footage that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer's description is advised.
Locals critical of marksmanship
Briefly News goes into the comments to bring readers the reactions to the clip.
"It's sad that citizens have to take law into our own hands @SAPoliceService."
"Johannesburg is dangerous, neh? Yhooo, all these scary videos are from there."
"Yesterday my wife nearly got robbed by these card scammers. Luckily she shouted and the community rushed to assist and they ran for cover Leaving their car behind People will resort to this cos jail does not help."
"Why are always reporting cases of robberies Chief."
"Mxm. MABENA at shooting. What is that? Aaag what a letdown."
"If I was as Rich as Patrice Motsepe, I would employ a notorious gang and have them clear out Jozi using whichever method that works for them."
Courier delivery driver thwarts attempted robbery
Elsewhere, Briefly News previously reported that a courier delivery van driver who had their wits about them is lucky to have escaped what nearly turned into an ugly robbery situation in Boksburg in the Eastrand.
CCTV footage, which has since gone viral online, captured the frightening moment a pair of would-be robbers accosted the light delivery vehicle (LDV) at a checkpoint.
The 43-second clip of the incident was shared on Twitter by the @crimeairnetwork Twitter page and shows two men disembarking a white car from a few meters away before suspiciously running over.
Source: Briefly News