2007-07-31 : Second death from Pretoria store slaughter

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2007-07-31 : Second death from Pretoria store slaughter

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-08-17 13:31

Second death from Pretoria store slaughter
Graeme Hosken
July 31 2007 at 08:53AM


The Pretoria woman who was shot in the head during a botched armed
robbery at a city supermarket has died.


Wilma Venter was among six people shot during an attack on Dealz
Family Store in Claremont last Wednesday.


Venter died on Friday, only a few hours after Gert Jansen van Rensburg
died in Pretoria Academic Hospital after being shot while trying to
drag Venter to safety.


Jansen van Rensburg saved his fiance, Patrys Claasen, by dragging her
and Venter out of the robbers' line of fire.


He was shot through the back of the head, execution-style, as he
dragged the two women behind an ice-cream fridge.


The robbers critically injured customer Jacqueline Grobbelaar when
they opened fire on customers and staff.


Cashier Aletta Koen and her boss Paula Oosthuizen were shot in the
legs while Claasen was shot in the buttocks and hand during the
incident.


Pretoria Academic Hospital spokesperson Fredah Kobo last night
confirmed that Venter had died late on Friday afternoon.


She declined to comment any further on Venter's death.


Describing Grobbelaar's condition, Kobo said that while she was still
in a critical condition, she was progressing well.


"Her condition has improved since she was brought into the hospital," said Kobo.


Police spokesperson Inspector Paul Ramaloko said that as soon as they
received the report from the hospital certifying the death, they would
add a second charge of murder to the case.


He said no arrests had been made.


Anyone with information on the identity or the whereabouts of the
robbers can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


o This article was originally published on page 6 of
Pretoria News on July 31, 2007
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