In a bizarre series of incidents, four occupants of a luxury vehicle – one armed – caused havoc when they inexplicably went on a wild rampage yesterday, opening fire randomly among protesting students at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela University.
Shortly afterwards, they charged down on two terrified women motorists in Summerstrand while, earlier, they had pointed a gun at a security guard in a car in Central.
They were finally cornered by police on the M4.
The 27year-old driver of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak double cab was arrested, along with three other occupants. All are aged between 27 and 35.
At the time of their arrest, the driver and one passenger were shirtless, and several empty alcohol bottles were allegedly scattered inside the vehicle.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the first incident had been reported at about 11am, when the driver – who owns the double cab and firearm used in the shooting – allegedly pointed a gun at a security guard working for British American Tobacco.
“The man was sitting in [a] car in Rink Street when the driver of the [double cab] pulled up next to him and pointed the firearm out the window at him,” Naidu said.
The double cab then sped off and police were alerted.
From Central, the men sped off to the NMU south campus in Summerstrand, where they drove between the protesters – who were in their second day of demonstrations over security fears following a rape and stabbing attack on campus on Monday night – to get to the security gate.
Freelance eNCA news cameraman Chris van Vuuren, 60, said he had been covering the protest when the double cab slowly drove between the students.
“At the security boom, the security did not allow them entry, forcing them to turn around,” he said.
“When they came back through the crowd, the driver was laughing and, the next thing, a gun came out of the window and was pointed directly at me.
“I moved out the way and four shots were fired. If I didn’t move out the way, I am sure he would have shot me.
“As he sped off, he fired two more shots in the air.”
Van Vuuren said the students had scattered when the shots were fired.
Cellphone footage also shows the terrified students fleeing as the shots are fired. HeraldLIVE