Cops search for Hurlingham robbers

Several people told Eyewitness News about the shootout following a daring heist in Hurlingham.

The Hurlingham Pick n Pay Centre on the corner of William Nicol and Republic Road in Sandton. Picture: Zethu Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are on the hunt for a group of men who robbed a Coin Security cash van at the Pick n' Pay Centre in Hurlingham, Johannesburg on Sunday.

Officials said about seven people targeted the van on the corner of William Nicol Drive and Republic Road.

Several people told Eyewitness News how they dived for cover during a shootout between police and the suspects.

Metro police's Wayne Minnaar said shots were fired but no one was injured.

"There were many shoppers and there were many other people around, there were people running all over when the shots were fired and there were also road runners taking part in a race."

A man who was taking part in a road race said, "We heard these loud bangs and at first we weren't sure what it was. I thought it was a car backfiring. The marshals were instantly on the ball and made all the runners jump into a ditch and get out of harm's way."

The police's Moses Makhapela had confirmed that the suspects escaped with two boxes containing cash.

"They hijacked a car on the street and got away."

At least two other boxes were later found in the suspects' abandoned silver Toyota Hilux.

It is still unclear how much money they fled with.