Cape Town - Two pensioners were wounded by robbers fleeing from police in Elsies River on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Elvis Mahote said members of the flying squad chased three suspects after they were alleged to have broken into a store in Parow Valley.
When they reached Elsies River, the suspects fired shots at the police vehicle, wounding the two pensioners, aged 72 and 83.
“The two victims are receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital and are in a stable condition,” Mahote said.
The suspects were arrested shortly after.
One of the suspects was also wounded in the incident. The three suspects are from 25 to 30 years old.
Three firearms, money and stolen goods had been confiscated, Mahote said. Police were investigating a case of attempted murder, armed robbery, vehicle theft and possession of an illegal firearm.
Meanwhile, Carl Piet, who posted the incident on Facebook’s traffic fines, cameras and updates page, said the incident “seemed like something from a movie”.
He said the hospital where the one suspect was being treated was surrounded by police.
“The community wanted to hit the robber.
“Police had to take the man inside again to stop him from being killed by the people,” Piet said.