A 35-year-old man was gunned down in his car in KwaZulu-Natal early on Saturday morning. Picture: Supplied by Netcare 911

Johannesburg - A 35-year-old man has been shot dead in Christ Street in Pietermaritzburg, where eye-witnesses said gunshots rang out before a car collided with delivery van.

Spokesperson for Netcare 911 Shawn Herbst said early on Saturday morning, around 2.38 am paramedics responded to reports of a shooting on Church Street.

"Reports from the scene indicate that members of the public heard gunshots ring out and then the sounds of a car crashing. Paramedics had arrived on scene to find a light motor vehicle and a light delivery vehicle were involved in a collision," said Herbst.

A 35-year-old man was gunned down in his car in KwaZulu-Natal early on Saturday morning. Picture: Supplied by Netcare 911

"A 35-year-old male from the car, was assessed on scene and found to have sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was declared deceased on the scene."

African News Agency (ANA)