Police have seized a Land Rover‚ pistols and an AK47 believed to have been used for serious and violent crimes‚ including hijackings and business robberies‚ following a high-speed chase and shootout with four suspected gang members in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.
The suspects managed to escape and are still at large.
Gauteng police spokesman Captain Mavela Masondo said that while on patrol‚ members of the Soweto Flying Squad spotted a suspicious vehicle with four suspects near the Dube Railway Station at about 1pm on Tuesday.
“As they confronted the vehicle‚ it sped off and a shootout ensued. The suspects managed to abandon the vehicle and fled on foot.
“A high-density operation is being conducted around the area of Dube in Soweto to trace the suspects‚” Masondo said.
On further investigation it was discovered that the vehicle had been hijacked in Honeydew during 2016‚ he said‚ adding that two pistols and an AK47 had been recovered inside the vehicle.
“Forensic investigation that is being conducted at the scene on firearms and the vehicle may lead to the identification of the suspects. Police officers did not sustain any injuries during the shootout.”