A SHOOTING believed to be connected to taxi violence left one man dead on Friday.
The victim, a taxi owner, was shot while sitting in his car in Rockville, Soweto.
Witness Johannes Nkabinde said he had just opened his shop when he heard gunshots.
“At first I thought children were playing with crackers but then I saw people running and a car speeding off.”
He said he was scared when he realised guns were being shot in the area, as he feared he could be hit by a stray bullet.
“I ran and hid when I realised what was happening.”
When he later walked closer, he saw a car across the street that had blood on it.
“People called the cops and ambulance. After the paramedics arrived they said the man in the car was dead. A wounded passenger was taken to hospital,” he said.
Another witness, who was driving past when the incident happened, said he got such a fright that he drove into the wall of a house.
“It was very scary.”
Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubela said the victim and another man were sitting in a car near Makheta’s Supermarket when they were confronted by an unknown number of men who started shooting at them.
“The taxi owner was shot and killed another man sustained serious injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition is critical but stable,” he said.
Makhubela said the motive for the killing is unknown but the police are investigating a case of murder. He appealed to anyone with information about the suspects to call CrimeStop on 08600 10111 or to send an SMS to 32211.