US tourist shot near Gautrain station

An American tourist was shot in a robbery in Sandton, just after stepping off the Gautrain to start his holiday in South Africa.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Leon Engelbrecht, from the police’s World Cup National Joint Operations Centre, said the 35-year-old was assaulted and shot in the arm after getting off the Gautrain at the Marlboro station on Wednesday night just after 9pm.

“He was walking in Northway Street from the Gautrain station to a backpackers’ lodge,” said Engelbrecht. “He was assaulted, shot and robbed by four men in an unknown vehicle.”

He had just arrived in the country for holiday at the OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday night, and took the Gautrain to the Marlboro station.

He was taken to the Sunninghill Clinic and was in a stable condition.

“He is here on holiday and not for the World Cup,” said Engelbrecht.

No arrests have been made yet.—Sapa

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