A security guard was shot and critically injured when a group of about 15 armed men stormed the Gateway Shopping Centre on Wednesday.
According to Reaction Unit SA spokesperson Prem Balram they have received multiple calls since 14:32 from shoppers reporting the robbery in progress.
“Several frantic callers informed the controller on duty and that at least fifteen suspects had robbed Damjee Jewellers and NWJ.”
He said all available Reaction Officers and RUSA Medics were dispatched to the scene.
“On arrival, it was established that a Security Officer was shot in the parking lot. He is in a critical condition and is currently (15:12) being stabilised by Paramedics from a private ambulance service.”
“According to shoppers, the gunmen fired multiple shots during the robbery. Several spent 9mm and rifle cartridges were recovered in the mall.
“The robbers are believed to have fled in a white Toyota Corolla and a white Mazda bakkie.”
Meanwhile, a man was shot multiple times and killed in cold blood outside his house on Saturday evening.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said detectives are investigating a case of murder following the death of a 36-year-old man who was allegedly fatally wounded outside a house in Lingelihle in Cradock last night, 25 September 2021.
“It is alleged that at about 20:15, Sivenathi Ralarala was at his family’s home in Dlephu Street when an unknown male arrived and wanted to speak with him.
“After he went outside to speak with him, his family heard gunshots being fired. When they went to investigate, they found him lying on the ground.”