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Johannesburg - A group of men caused havoc in the Joburg CBD on Wednesday - driving against the flow of traffic, opening fire and hijacking a car.
At about 2.30pm, pedestrians on Anderson Street noticed a blue BMW M5 driving in the wrong direction down the one-way road.
Giving chase was an Audi Q7 - allegedly filled with security guards, said police.
As the chase approached the corner of Anderson and Sauer streets, shots were fired, hitting a taxi crossing the intersection.
A shaken Skhumbuzo Zulu said he didn’t see the shots coming.
“If I was the one targeted, I would have died without even knowing - it happened so fast,” said the taxi driver.
Zulu’s taxi was travelling from Chiawelo in Soweto to End Street, down Sauer. As the light turned green, he slowly pulled away.
“Suddenly, I heard the window shattering,” Zulu said.
A bullet smashed the window, spraying glass over the passengers.
Zulu saw the BMW coming towards him and accelerated across the intersection, where he came to a stop. He did not see the chasing Audi.
A police car pulled up next to him. “They asked what happened and I said the BMW shot at me.”
He said the police car then disappeared in pursuit down Marshall Street.
In an office building up the road, Brandon Botha and his colleagues had heard the shots.
A qualified critical-care paramedic, Botha grabbed a first aid kit and headed to the scene with some colleagues.
Two passengers were injured: a young man’s face had been scratched by the shattered glass, and a woman was bleeding profusely from the back of her neck.
A small pool of blood collected on the floor of the taxi as Botha and his colleagues worked to stop the bleeding and clean the wounds.
Shortly after, Joburg Emergency Management Services and Netcare 911 arrived. The woman was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, the car chase had crossed under the M1 highway towards Joburg south.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said the security guards in the Audi opened fire on the BMW. Five men jumped out of the BMW, abandoning it on the corner of Loveday and Broad streets.
The gang then hijacked a Nissan Tiida, with the registration number BG 42 TT GP, and fled.
Police have opened a case of attempted murder, malicious damage to property and hijacking.
On Wednesday night, it was still not clear why the Audi was pursuing the BMW.