August 06 2007 at 09:33AM
By Sinegugu Ndlovu
A Musgrave resident who was shot in the face in an attempted hijacking in Glenwood on Saturday morning is now brain dead.
This is according to Beverly Stevenson, the fiancée of Leon Hassell.
Hassell and his brother, Armand, were parked at the corner of Moore and Chelmsford roads while waiting for a tow truck to fetch Hassell's bakkie when they were confronted by four men.
ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the brothers had told the hijackers that the bakkie could not start and that they were trying to get the vehicle towed to their home.
However, a gun was produced by one of the men and Hassell was shot in the face. His brother ran away.
"Paramedics were in the area and responded quickly when they heard the gunshots. The sound of the sirens scared off the men, who fled in a Fiat Uno, taking the bakkie keys with them," said Banks.
He said that Hassell had been admitted to Entabeni Hospital in a coma.
After the incident the police urged motorists whose vehicles broke down to notify them immediately.
Police Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said that criminals were always seeking opportunities to hijack stranded motorists. "Phone the police, tell them that you have a breakdown in a certain area so they can help."
He said cases of attempted highjacking and attempted murder were being investigated after the attack on Hassell.
This article was originally published on page 4 of The Mercury on August 06, 2007