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Bullets fly as armed gang open fire fleeing Berea business premises

by | Jan 21, 2019 | Blue Security Press Releases

Blue Security - Bullets fly as armed gang open fire fleeing Berea business premises - 20190121 Morningside shootingBlue Security has warned Berea and Morningside residents to be on high alert following a shooting this morning and an attempted housebreaking at the weekend involving a gang in a Chevrolet Aveo that seems to be targeting the suburbs.
A Blue Security armed response officer was lucky to survive a shootout with suspects unharmed this morning.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the armed response officer responded to the scene of a housebreaking at a business premises in Venice Road at around 5.35am. “The officer noticed a silver grey Chevrolet Aveo parked outside the premises and a gang of approximately five suspects ran through the pedestrian gate, carrying electronic goods. They got into the vehicle and one of the suspects then opened fire on the officer as the vehicle sped off,” Mathios said.
“The officer returned fire and the suspects continued firing at him. He followed the vehicle to the intersection of Burman Drive and Trematon Drive, but the suspects managed to get away after turning into Trematon Drive and heading in the direction of Windermere Road,” Mathios said.
Upon further investigation it was found that the suspects had forced open a pedestrian gate and the front door and security gate to gain entry onto the premises.
Berea SAPS attended the scene of the crime.
Mathios warned Berea and Morningside residents to be on high alert as this was the second incident reported in Venice Road believed to be committed by the same gang at the weekend. A third attempted housebreaking incident was also reported in Currie Road on Saturday.
A resident had also reported an attempted housebreaking in Venice Road after he spotted suspects drive onto his premises in a silver Chevrolet Aveos at around 5.15pm on Saturday. “The resident was in his lounge watching television when he heard loud banging sounds and realised that suspects were attempting to break into the premises. He saw his driveway gates opening and the Aveo driving onto his property. He pressed his panic button and the suspects fled the scene without taking anything,” Mathios said.
Mathios said upon investigation it was found that the suspects had broken a pedestrian gate to gain access to the gate motor, which they had tampered with to open the driveway gate.
Mathios added that a gang of five suspects had also attempted to break into a property in Currie Road on Saturday. “The suspects forced open a pedestrian gate and then tried to gain entry into the house. The resident pressed a panic button and the suspects fled the scene in a silver/grey SUV,” Mathios said.
Berea SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

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