Bedfordview shooting victim named

The man killed near Bedford Centre early on Saturday morning has been named as Sam Issa.

The Audi Q7 in which Sam Issa was shot and killed in Bedfordview on 12 October 2013. Picture: @MarkGander2/Twitter"

BEDFORDVIEW - The victim of a shooting near the Bedford Centre east of Johannesburg on Saturday morning has been named as Sam Issa, a known associate of controversial Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir.

Police have confirmed that the shooting was definitely a hit.

It's understood the Lebanese national was in his car, stopped at a traffic light, when another vehicle pulled up next to him in the early hours of the morning.

A gunman then opened fire on him.

33 empty bullet cases are still strewn over the Bradford Road and Smith Road crossing where he was shot dead.

Police say he sustained several gunshots but cannot confirm the amount.

Crime scene experts are combing the area and the black Audi Q7 Issa was driving is still on the scene.

Family and friends are refusing to say who he was working for, what the motive could have been or to comment on his links with Krejcir.

But one family member, who wants to remain anonymous, has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Issa was robbed two weeks ago at his house.

His feet and hands were tied with cable during the incident.

Issa is a well-known figure who has lived in South Africa for 16 years.

His friends have described him as a party animal who worked during the night and slept in the day.

Also known as 'Cripple Sam' and 'Black Sam', Issa had close ties to Krejcir and it's believed the two recently fell out.

Krejcir's name has been associated with a number of unsolved murders in South Africa but he has never been charged.

In July, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt involving a Volkswagen Cross Polo fitted with several gun barrels behind its rear numberplate.

Krejcir is currently fighting for asylum in South Africa to avoid extradition to the Czech Republic where he has been charged for conspiracy to murder, counterfeiting, tax evasion, extortion and abduction.