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20 October 2011 at 14:23 - Posted by Anonymous

Intruders shoot heroic dad


A father who was shot five times while trying to save his family during an armed robbery at their home in Midrand remained in a critical condition in hospital on Wednesday night.

The attack happened at about 7.30pm on Tuesday while Joanne Smith*, her husband Willem* and their 12-year-old daughter, Angelique* were watching television.

A shocked Joanne said her husband suddenly sprung up from the couch after seeing two men in balaclavas wielding handguns in the adjacent hallway. Willem grabbed a baseball bat that was kept in the lounge for protection and charged towards them.

The surprised robbers fired five times, hitting him in the chest, abdomen, hips and arms.

It was during these few seconds of chaos that Joanne realised she had to run, to save herself and daughter, as her husband tried to protect them.

“He bought us enough time to get outside; I couldn’t thank him enough for that,” said a distraught Joanne on Wednesday afternoon. “But I knew we had to get out of there.”

The frantic mother and daughter managed to get to a nearby side door, through which they escaped into the large garden, as more shots rang out inside the house.

Hiding behind a tree, Joanne called Netcare’s 082 911 hotline.

Five minutes, later an ambulance and local private security company Savika Armed Response arrived at the scene.

“It was amazing, the security guards and the paramedics scaled our walls to help us,” said Joanne.

They scared off the two gunmen, who fled in a vehicle.

A helicopter airlifted Willem to Milpark Hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 49-year-old businessman was in ICU on a ventilator after undergoing surgery.

No arrests had been made. The police believed the men may have been in the home for some time before confronting the family, after scaling the property’s wall and forcing their way through a security gate.

The robbers had already gathered and taken out many of the family possessions when they were spotted by Willem.

*Not their real names. - The Star

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