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JOHANNESBURG – At least one person has died and another two people have been wounded in a shooting at East Rand Mall in Boksburg on Friday afternoon.
The incident took place shortly after noon.
East Rand Mall right now pic.twitter.com/Wiv2Wfr9nI— Sibongile (@NtukuluwaMpisi) April 20, 2018
It is claimed police received a tip-off that the suspects, wanted in connection with murder, were at the mall.
When the suspects saw police, a shootout ensued.
Eyewitnesses earlier claimed that an armed robbery had taken place at the shopping complex.
One of those wounded was a suspect while another was arrested, police said.
Paramedics at the scene said a guard was killed while a female shopper was also caught in the gunfire.
Robbery at East Rand Mall. Reports or shots fired. One suspected wounded. Police on the scene looking for other robbers. @MakeSAsafe— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) April 20, 2018
Earlier, a chopper landed at the mall to transport one of those wounded to hospital.
Police said three suspects were on the run.
ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY : EAST RAND MALL. BOKSBURG. EMM. GP. PERPS TRIED TO ROB AMERICAN SWISS BUT FLED INTO ACKERMANS. ONE PERP SHOT, ANOTHER ARRESTED. 1 SECURITY GUARD KILLED. 1 SHOPPER BEING AIRLIFTED. 2 BEING HUNTED IN CEILINGS IN MALL.— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) April 20, 2018