A violent farm attack took place at about 22:00 on the night of 30 January 2019, on a small holding in Vlakfontein, Lanseria area, Gauteng.
The Drift Reaction cc control centre received an urgent call for help from the daughter of a couple who were brutally attacked. She said they had an armed robbery and her dad and mom were severely injured. The husband was critically injured, he sustained gunshots to the chest, both hands, both legs and his wife also shot several times with a gunshot to her stomach.
The Control Centre manager dispatched the Iron Fist Squad as well, as all available Tactical Units and ER-24 and the police to assist the couple as they were in grave danger. The couple was airlifted to Milpark Hospital. The husband is in a critical condition.
It is unclear how long the five armed and extremely violent gun wielding suspects were in the house. It is believed that the husband opened the door to investigate after the alarm beams were triggered. The attackers immediately opened fire, entered and ransacked the house.
Drift Reaction cc teams together with the police searched the area to no avail. A report on the morning of 31 January 2019, said the SAPS successfully lifted prints, ballistics and will get DNA from one of the suspects beanies found on scene.
The SAPS believe it is the same gang that hit Riverside and other incidents in and around our area. A trend identified from these last two incidents is they are targeting middle aged people who have limited to no effective security systems nor armed reaction services.
Drift Reaction cc once again urge the community to NOT to leave the safety of their houses at night. Please, if your beams or alarm systems are triggered it might just be the suspects. You not only open yourself up to being shot, you also provide them with access to your family inside the house. Call your security, press the panic, call the police and stay inside. We have been begging people to do this for many years. You still have a fighting chance if you are inside!!
Suspects also “test” your security by triggering systems to see if anyone pitch or if you go to investigate yourself! They do not hit any target. These are not opportunistic incidents but organised incidents. They do their homework!! Smallholdings are particularly difficult as houses are far from each other. Suspects know this and they scout. They watch your movements. They know when to strike. They plan their escape routes well in advance.
Everyone to remain on high alert until these criminals are dealt with please.