Paramedics take a 32-year-old man who was shot in Phoenix to hospital where he later died. Picture: Supplied.

Durban - A man found injured on a Phoenix roadside after being shot twice in the head, has died in hospital.

Police confirmed that on Wednesday that a 32-year-old man died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after having been taken to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital from Phoenix at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Reaction Unit South Africa, which rescued him, said he had emerged injured from a canal and collapsed on a roadside.

The unit's Prem Balram said it was believed he had been the victim of a robbery.

“Several individuals confirmed they had heard gunshots shortly before the victim emerged from a canal and collapsed on the roadside,” he said.

Balram said the man had been bleeding extensively from his head wounds when he was taken to hospital.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said Phoenix police were now investigating a case of murder and no arrests had been made.

It is alleged that the victim was shot by unknown suspects in Phoenix area,” she said.

The Independent on Saturday