Man fatally shoots ‘toy-gun robber’ in Lansdowne Road
A MAN who allegedly used a toy pistol to rob people got more than he bargained for when one of his would-be victims took out a real firearm and shot him dead.
Zola Jonase, 26, from Nyanga, died in Lansdowne Road.
He was apparently one of three men who were robbing people of their cellphones outside Shoprite in Philippi yesterday afternoon.
Police spokeswoman Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the men later moved to Lansdowne Road, where Jonase allegedly approached a pedestrian and held him up.
The man reportedly took out his own licensed firearm and shot Jonase in the forehead. The others fled. Sitshitshi said a toy gun and two cellphones had been found at the scene. The man was taken in for questioning and police have opened an inquest docket into Jonase’s death.
GUNNED DOWN: Zola Jonase died after being shot in the head by the man he was robbing near Landsdown Road.