The spine-chilling moment an informal trader sighed his last breath after being shot inside Siyaya Cash and Carry, a supermarket in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, was caught on camera.
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Watch: Victim dies inside Siyaya Cash and Carry supermarket
Tensions were palpable at the Pietermaritzburg transit district on Thursday, after an armed security guard from the Cash and Carry supermarket fatally wounded a customer.
In a statement released to Times Live, police spokesperson colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed the incident took place at approximately 07:30 inside the wholesale outlet.
The victim, a 30-year-old informal trader, was preparing for a busy day at Siyaya Taxi Rank and, according to police, had gone to restock on his cold drinks when the incident happened.
The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, at this juncture, but from reports, it’s believed the informal trader was gunned down over a till slip dispute.
The shooter, a 51-year-old man believed to be a foreign national, was arrested and his firearm seized for further examination.
News of the victim’s death spread quickly and within moments, the area was flooded with angry residents ready to pounce on the supermarket.
Tensions were so high, police had to enlist the help of private security to secure a parameter around the supermarket and prevent threats of looting.
Man killed as shots fired at Pietermaritzburg supermarket: Havoc broke loose in the Pietermaritzburg CBD on Thursday after a security guard from Siyaya Cash and Carry supermarket allegedly gunned down a man believed to be a customer after altercation over a till slip. pic.twitter.com/3eFOTTYLd0— Vehicle Trackers (@VehicleTrackerz) May 26, 2022
Haunting video footage showing the victim taking his last breath after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds surfaced on social media.
Details on the victim’s identity are still unknown at this time.
The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.
Apparently he was shot by a foreign security guard at Siyaya store yesterday here in Pmb 💔 pic.twitter.com/FVLFb9cd41— Broken Soul💔 (@Beast_Madlala) May 27, 2022