A suspect was killed on Wednesday during a shootout after police and private security responded to an armed robbery at a store in Westonaria, Johannesburg.
According to police spokesperson Mavela Masondo, it is alleged that about eight suspects had entered the store around 10:40 and held employees and customers at gunpoint, before robbing them of their cellphones and undisclosed amounts of money.
Two suspects were arrested and two unlicensed firearms were recovered. The third suspect was killed during the shootout with security guards, Masondo said.
The robbers were confronted by the security response team while they were on their way out of the store. A shootout then ensued.
One suspect was killed, while others fled on foot and in at least three getaway cars, Masondo added.
“With the assistance of community members and employees of the chain store, one of the suspects who ran into a nearby shop was arrested.
“Police responding to the incident arrested the second suspect a street away from the crime scene and he was found with an unlicensed firearm,” he said.
A bystander was shot in the lower body during the shootout and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Masondo said a manhunt was underway for the suspects who remained at large.
The suspects are believed to be driving a white Nissan Almera, a grey Hyundai Accent and a grey Toyota Quest.
Anyone with information that can help with the investigation is requested to contact Crime Stop or go to their nearest police station.