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Witness in fatal McDonald's employee shooting fears police

Cops allegedly shot at a taxi transporting McDonald's employees in Cape Town this morning.

The bullet-ridden taxi in Blue Downs after police mistakenly opened fire on it, killing two of the occupants. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - A man who claims he witnessed police shoot and kill two bystanders in an apparent case of mistaken identity says he's now afraid of police.

Officers allegedly shot at a taxi transporting McDonald's employees, while chasing armed robbers from Kuils River to Mfuleni.

Police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating.

When Eyewitness News arrived at the scene of the shooting in Blue Downs, the driver of the taxi transporting McDonald's employees was visibly shaken.

WATCH: Cops open fire on mistaken getaway vehicle in Cape Town

Witnesses said they are too scared to give an account of what they had seen.

A man who lives near the scene of the shooting said the incident scarred him.

“Do you know why I’m so worked up about this? Because tomorrow I’ll be driving and then police might do the same to me.”

He said police drove away from the scene after discovering they had wrongfully shot at McDonald’s employees.

“Before that, you heard single shots and then suddenly it came closer and closer. Then I heard automatic weapons shooting continuously. Then I saw the police, grabbing people from the taxi … people were lying on the ground and the women were shouting ‘We are staff! We work for McDonald’s.’ When they saw that and the dead people in the taxi, they all ran to their cars and left.” 

The fatal shooting comes less than three weeks since a Nando’s employee was shot dead in Dunoon allegedly by police, who had opened fire on a taxi they believed had been used in an ATM robbery.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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