Local man fights for his life after attack in Hlabisa

Tyrone Calassa was shot three times during a robbery at a supermarket in Hlabisa on Saturday morning

A LOCAL man is fighting for his life after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head.

Tyrone Calasse (53) is in a coma at St Augustines hospital in Durban after he was shot during a robbery at a store in Hlabisa on Saturday morning.

Calasse, an employee at the store, was reportedly opening the store in the early hours of the morning when a taxi approached and a number of suspects got out and held him up at gunpoint.

According to a source, the suspects took an undisclosed amount of money.

When Calasse took out his phone to send a message to one of the store managers notifying him of the robbery, it is believed the suspects must have seen him using his phone and shot at him.

‘They shot him three times – one bullet hit him in his left shoulder, one just grazed his side and the third shot hit him in the lower part of his head,’ said the source.

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Meanwhile Jaques Pansegrouw, Calasse’s brother-in-law, told the ZO that surgeons successfully removed the bullet from Calasse’s head during an operation on Tuesday afternoon, but he still remains in a coma.

‘He was initially taken to Hlabisa Hospital where they cleaned up his wounds and then transferred to Ngwelezana Hospital.

‘He was semi awake during all of this.

‘We sat there for about seven hours and he didn’t get the attention he needed, so we had to fly him to St Augustines.

‘They put him into an induced coma because CT Scans revealed he had swelling in the brain which they needed to drain,’ said Pansegrouw.

Attempts to get hold of Hlabisa Police were unsuccessful.


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