Four in court for petrol station shooting

CCTV footage shows gunmen firing at the blue BMW in which the alleged Hard Livings gang boss was killed.

Four men appeared in court on Monday for the murder of an alleged gang boss who died in a hail of bullets at a Kenilworth petrol station on Saturday evening.

In a video that was circulated on social media, two gunmen are seen firing at Ebrahiem Ismail, 46, of Bokmakierie, as he sat in his BMW at the Caltex garage between Doncaster Road and Punters Way, at 6.45pm.

Flanking the BMW, they fire repeatedly at Mr Ebrahim, the alleged leader of the Hard Livings gang, who is seen writhing behind the wheel and collapsing as the bullets hit him.

The gunmen then run off.

According to provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut, the gunmen fled in a gold Toyota Avanza, but were followed by members of the public who alerted the police.

A high-speed chase followed, with shots exchanged between the police and the fleeing suspects.

The chase ended in Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, where four men, aged 20, 25, 29 and 30, were arrested.

Police also confiscated two unlicensed 39mm pistols, believed to be the murder weapons. The Toyota Avanza had been hijacked in Kleinvlei, said Lieutenant Colonel Traut.

The men appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 8 on charges of murder, attempted murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and the possession of a stolen car.

Speaking on behalf of Caltex, Suzanne Pullinger, said they were committed to the safety of customers, employees and the community in which they operated.

“We are working with our retailer to provide support and counselling to those affected by the incident and extend our sincere condolences to the family of the victim,” said Ms Pullinger.

Garage employees declined to comment.