2007-10-15 : Women die in hijacking attempts

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2007-10-15 : Women die in hijacking attempts

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 06:48

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Women die in hijacking attempts

October 15 2007 at 09:54AM

By Sharika Regchand & Jeff Wicks

Two women were killed in a double hijacking attempt on Sunday night.

Former journalist Elaine Anderson was shot dead in what police believe
was a botched hijacking in Pietermaritzburg.

Anderson, who was in her late 50s, was on her way home from a church
service in Woodlands when she was killed.

Police spokesperson Henry Budhram said it appeared that two men had
confronted her while she was driving.

One of the gunmen shot Anderson through the passenger window. She lost
control of her car and it crashed into a barrier.

The two men then went on to find their next victim.

They spotted Patricia Patrick and tried to hijack her, shooting her in the head.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that after she was shot,
Patrick also lost control of her vehicle and drove over an embankment.

"Paramedics tried to stabilise the critically injured woman. She was
placed on a ventilator and taken to the Netcare St Anne's hospital.
She died soon afterwards."

Anderson worked at The Witness for 15 years, first as a photographer
then as a reporter. She was known by her colleagues for being kind,
considerate and caring. No details were available for Patrick.

The suspects are still at large.

o This article was originally published on page 3 of The
Mercury on October 15, 2007
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