Father opens fire to protect his family from armed robbers
Two young brothers arrived home on Wednesday evening to face possibly their worst nightmare – armed men rushing towards them from inside their father’s home.
Unbeknown to the siblings‚ both in their late teens‚ at least three men armed with pistols had entered the yard‚ slipping through the motorised gate just before it closed‚ after their parents and 10-year-old sister arrived at their home in Bergbron in Randburg‚ Johannesburg.
They arrived at the gate just minutes after their family members at around 7.30pm.
CCTV footage shows the brothers‚ in a VW Scirocco‚ driving past the getaway car which had made a u-turn and was waiting a few metres from the home.
Meanwhile inside the yard‚ the men had pulled the parents and their young daughter out of their luxury BMW and were holding them up at gunpoint.
A witness told Times Media at the scene on Wednesday one of the men held a gun to the girl’s head‚ leaving her severely shaken and traumatised.
As the brothers pull up to the gate‚ the robbers run to them and order them to exit the vehicle‚ and appear to be content with stealing the high performance VW.
It is at that point the father opens fire on the suspects‚ having managed to get hold of his firearm from inside his car.
The robbers return fire as they flee and the VW is hit multiple times. The driver‚ who TimesLIVE has learnt is 19 years old‚ is also struck in the arm while reports indicate at least one robber was also wounded.
Members of the Florida Glen Sector 1 Community Policing Forum rushed to the area and assisted the family with immediate trauma counselling.
Florida Glen detectives were on scene as well as SAPS Forensic Services who gathered evidence.
The robbers fled in a Volvo S40 and at the time of publishing‚ no arrests had been made.