We have of late had a spate of armed robberies at restaurants. These criminals, numbering upto 14 armed with anything including AK47's enter the establishments and rob all the patrons, and the till.
I just read a good article, to do with this subject, in / on http://seamanrbay.blogspot.com/, and am reprinting it here as I believe it deserves as much coverage as possible.
From me, to the hero, congratulations. I hope he gets the medal he deserves!!
Copied from http://www.zululandobserver.co.za/, and no, no permission requested etc. I am advertising their name, so don't think they would mind....
Blood on the floor
Reported by Dave Savides
TWO armed men met their death when they attempted to rob staff and diners at a popular Empangeni restaurant on Thursdy night. They had not reckoned on the presence of a patron who drew his own weapon and killed them instantly with shots to the head and neck. His timely action possibly saved the lives of about 25 customers - including a number of children - and staff who were on the premises. Witnesses praised the actions of the unnamed shooter, calling him ‘a hero’ and ‘our guardian angel’. With the noise from the bullets still ringing in his ears, a Durban businessman explained the drama that unfolded metres from where he sat.
‘Two well dressed young men in leather jackets walked in while we were seated near the back. ‘One went past me to a table further on, while the other came and frisked me, taking my cell phone at gunpoint,’ said Dries Erasmus. ‘As I looked ahead of me I saw a customer signal to his wife and children sitting next to him. ‘One of the robbers lined him up in his sights but before he could get off a shot both he and his companion were dead. ‘The customer who took them out was amazingly quick and accurate, a true professional. ‘He saved the day without putting any other lives in danger,’ said Erasmus.
Child traumaHis views were echoed by the Ramdin family, who thought they were going to die at the hands of the gunmen. ‘One held his gun against my temple, and I thought this was my final moment, said dad Suren Ramdin. ‘Suddenly shots rang out and the two robbers fell all over me and my family, covering us in blood as we tried to dive under a table. ‘My young son asked if this was a movie - we could not believe what was happening to us.’
Their three children, aged 9, 5 and 4 were traumatised by the incident. His wife, Nadira said the shooter was ‘our guardian angel’. ‘There is no doubt that we were at the mercy of these attackers and we will stand by the man who killed them - it was them or us.’
Police and traffic officials were on the scene within minutes, cordoning off the upper part of Maxwell Street. Two weapons were recovered from the deceased. According to SAPS reports four men, all armed and in their mid-twenties, had entered the restaurant, with two having held up the manager and staff in the front, demanding money. Two suspects who fled when the shooting began are still at large.
Justice is sweet!