Terrified motorists tried to reverse to get away from M1 shooting - Witness

OCTOBER 22, 2018. A shooting occurred on the M1 North highway on Monday‚ in a suspected robbery attempt. Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers are diverting traffic off the freeway at Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road‚ the city said. It is believed that a Hawks member may have been shot.
OCTOBER 22, 2018. A shooting occurred on the M1 North highway on Monday‚ in a suspected robbery attempt. Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers are diverting traffic off the freeway at Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road‚ the city said. It is believed that a Hawks member may have been shot.
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"It was like a scene from a movie‚ everything happened in less than five minutes‚" this is how a homeless man‚ Zane Huma‚ described the shooting that occurred on the M1 north‚ just before the Jan Smuts Avenue off ramp on Monday afternoon.

According to Huma‚ the robbers came knowing what they were looking for.

Several shots were fired before they took what looked like a black sack and a sports bag from the vehicle.

"They struggled to open the boot and they then opened the back passenger seat and pulled the bag and a sack‚" Huma explained.

He said as the robbers then tried to join Jan Smuts Avenue to make their getaway‚ they made a swift turn as they saw a police vehicle.

"They also fired a number of shots at the police and faced oncoming traffic‚ to join the M1 again.

"It was so crazy‚ other motorists didn't know what to do. They tried to reverse and get way from the scene‚" Huma said.

As the gunmen fled the scene‚ Huma said he rushed to the car to see how he could help the two people who had been shot.

"I held the man on my hands and told him that he will be okay.

"He was battling to breathe and talk. He was badly injured.

"The female passenger was shot on her leg‚" Huma said.

The male driver was shot in his chest and stomach.

Huma‚ who had blood stains on his dirty shoes and his hands‚ said he held the man until emergency personnel arrived.

Police are searching for five suspects.

A motorist captured the dramatic scenes when a group of five suspects opened fire on a BMW X1, forcing it to stop, just before the Jan Smuts off-ramp on Johannesburg’s M1 North freeway. The incident took place on October 22 2018.

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