Monday, 29 April 2013

5 Year Old Girl caught in casino crossfire

Police drive away with some of the suspects. Photo: Itumeleng English

Fierce shootout was witnessed on Sunday between the police and the small army of AK-47-wielding gangsters in what might have gone down as one of the biggest casino hits in the country, but for the swift intervention of the Jo'burg police department.. 

Armed with a number of firearms and travelling in at least two different cars, the 19 suspects were stopped before their plan went into full swing at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Sunday. 

The task team pounced on the gang at about 7am. A shootout broke out, and after the dust had settled, police counted at least 15 men in custody, with four of them under guard in hospital. 

A five-year-old girl was slightly wounded on her head and hand, when she was hit by a stray bullet that apparently went through a hotel window. 

SAPS spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police had been tipped off about the planned heist. The police’s intelligence unit immediately sprang into action. 

Dlamini described the operation as “very big”, with officers, including the specialised Tactical Response Team, called in from across Gauteng and deployed at strategic points in and around the casino, which is close to OR Tambo International Airport. 

None of the police officers was injured in the shootout. 

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