A security officer inspects the scene of a murder at a shop in Verulam.

Durban - Police are on the hunt for three men who shot a shop employee in Verulam, packed goods from the business into bags and fled.

The Monday night incident took place at around 8pm in the Mhlasini informal settlement in the suburb of Everest Heights.

“A case of murder and robbery was opened at Verulam police station for investigation,” said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

Prem Balram of the local security company Reaction Unit South Africa said the man who was killed in the Himalaya Road business robbery was a Somali citizen.

“On arrival, Reaction Unit South Africa members found the victim behind the counter,” said Balram.

He said an employee who had been in the shop recalled that one suspect was armed with a rifle, or shotgun. Another had a knife.

“The deceased was employed by his brother who owns five tuck shops in the Verulam area. Emotional friends and family gathered at the business and vented their anger at the senseless murder,” said Balram.