In the harrowing footage the guard can be heard screaming after he is shot, with the robbers clearly after only one thing – his gun.
Dramatic video footage shows how a security guard is ambushed by two gunmen who start shooting at his parked vehicle, injuring him, and leaving him for dead after they robbed his weapon.
The incident happened at about 21:10 in Hazyview on Sunday.
The veteran Hi-Tech reaction officer had been sitting in his car in a parking lot opposite the Engen Garage in town when the incident occurred.
The attack was captured on CCTV and shows two men running towards the vehicle while firing shots at it.
Eight shots in total are fired into the Hi-Tech car where the security guard is sitting, before one of the robbers opens the car door, grabs the guard’s gun and car keys.
The footage shows the two men walking off, leaving the car door open and the guard for dead.
Hi-Tech’s Callum MacPherson says the guard, who is in his forties, was rushed to Kiaat Hospital by a Hi-Tech ambulance with a gunshot wound in his back. He has since been transferred to Mediclinic Nelspruit.
MacPherson says the bullet wound was not fatal, however, there are concerns that the bullet may have caused some paralysis.
He says a case has been opened with the Hazyview police.
“The men were not looking for financial gain in this attack. They wanted the gun and that gun will be used in other violent crimes. The robbers didn’t steal the guard’s cellphone, wallet or anything else. It was just the gun they were after.”
He says there has been a sudden rise in armed robberies across the Lowveld in the last two weeks, with Sunday’s incident being the most recent.
The police did not respond to media queries at the time of publishing.