Cops drove away after fatal McDonald’s employee shooting, says witness

Police allegedly shot and killed four people, two of whom are workers at McDonald’s 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.

CAPE TOWN - A Blue Downs resident says police drove away from the scene after discovering they had wrongfully shot at McDonald's employees in the early hours of this morning.

Police allegedly shot and killed four people, two of whom are workers at the fast food chain, during a chase to catch suspected robbers.

The workers were on their way home after working the night shift.

The incident has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

When Eyewitness News was at the scene earlier today where police had shot at the taxi carrying the employees, the area was being combed by a forensics team.

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Two workers were killed and three others wounded in the shooting, including the driver.

A man who lives nearby said when he arrived at the scene, he was met with a tragic sight.

"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 man who doesn't wish to be identified said.

In Mfuleni, where police allegedly continued their high-speed chase for the robbers, the scene had already been cleared.

Ipid says two suspects were killed in this shooting, while three others escaped.

McDonald's has meanwhile expressed condolences to the families of two employees who were fatally shot during the high-speed police chase.

McDonald's spokesperson Sechaba Motsieloa said, "We will continue to support the family and all the other affected crew during this traumatic time. Counselling has been arranged for them. As our CEO said, we are deeply shocked and horrified by this saddening event."


During a similar incident last month, police officers allegedly opened fire on a taxi in the Dunoon area as they believed the vehicle had been used in an ATM robbery.

However, the taxi was transporting a group of Nando's workers at the end of their shift when the shooting occurred.

One woman was killed, while another was wounded.

Nando's hired forensic scientist David Klatzow to investigate the shooting.

Pictures: Thomas Holder/EWN.