Road-rage gunfight turns fatal

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IOL mot pic feb17 Copy of ST deadbiker306 INLSA The mother of the biker who was shot dead during a road rage incident on Malibongwe Drive in Northriding is comforted at the scene. Picture: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg - Bullets flew during peak-hour traffic on Friday morning when a motorist and a motorcyclist shot at each other in an alleged road rage incident.

By the time everything was over, the motorcyclist lay dead with two gunshot wounds while the motorist was injured after being shot once.

Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann said the motorist was “in a serious condition” but the motorcyclist had already died by the time the paramedics arrived at the scene.

The incident took place on the corner of Boundary Road and Malibongwe Drive in Northriding.

At about 10am, the 39-year-old biker’s mother sobbed in the back of a car at the intersection, three hours after he was shot.

Lying between a black and orange motorbike and a white sedan was the body of her son, still wearing a helmet.

The woman was too distraught to talk but her son’s neighbour said the man worked as a bodyguard and was a member of a motorcycle club. He lived with his wife and 4-year-old daughter in Randpark Ridge.

Joburg metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said the shooting occurred between 6.50 and 7.10 on Friday morning, during a road rage incident.

However, what led to the two men pulling out their pistols and shooting each other was not yet known.

“They both had guns. We don’t know what the reason for their altercation was,” she said.

Gauteng police spokeswoman Colonel Katlego Mogale said it was believed that the fight had started way before the intersection.

Mogale said the 43-year-old motorist was under police guard at an undisclosed hospital where he was being treated for his injuries as he was a suspect.

The incident severely affected rush-hour traffic.

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