DURBAN - A 50-year-old man was gunned down while sitting in his vehicle outside his home on Meridian Drive in uMhlanga Ridge today.
Marshall Security said members of its special operations team and armed response officers responded to the shooting just after 10am this morning.
“Upon our arrival a male was found deceased inside his vehicle, which was peppered with bullet holes,” Marshall Security spokesperson Tyron Powell said.
Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) spokesperson Prem Balram said its officers also responded to the scene after 10am.
Balram said reaction officers were dispatched to the scene after residents reported hearing rapid gunfire in the vicinity.
“On arrival, it was established that the driver of a white Toyota Corolla Cross had been shot while seated in his vehicle,” he said, adding that several rifle cartridges were recovered at the scene.
The man was assessed by paramedics and declared deceased at the scene, Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said.
“Reports from the scene indicated that an adult male believed to be in his forties had sustained multiple high calibre gunshot wounds throughout his body,” said Herbst.
Provincial spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said police responded to the scene at 10:40am.
Mbele said indications were that whilst the man was seated in his vehicle outside his home, the suspects parked next to him and opened fire.
“He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body,” she said.
Police said the suspects fled the scene in their vehicle.
A case of murder has been opened for further investigation at Durban North South African Police Service.