A Gauteng businessman’s car was hijacked at a Summerstrand guesthouse yesterday.
The 73-year-old man’s Nissan Tiida was taken from African Beach Bed and Breakfast in Skegness Road – opposite the Summerwood Primary School in Port Elizabeth.
One of the three hijackers fired a shot into the ground during the 9am attack, while another pulled the driver out of his vehicle.
Three workers repairing the road outside the guesthouse fled after hearing the shot.
One of the workers, who did not want to be named, said: “We weren’t going to stick around, we ran.”
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the driver, whom police refused to name, was reversing his vehicle when a gunman confronted him.
When the man refused to get out of the car, the gunman fired a shot into the ground.
“A second man appeared and yanked [the driver] out of his car,” she said. “A third suspect was in an Audi outside. “The two [Audi driver and one of the suspects] climbed into the Audi and sped off while the third sped away in the Tiida.”
The Tiida was later found abandoned in Walmer Township, and the Audi in Forest Hill.
The businessman was not injured.