Wits medical student shot and left in a critical condition after hijacking


Wits University student remains in a critical condition after he was shot in the head in the early morning of April 19. He was shot by three men attempting to hijack his father. Joshua Bosch, a third-year medical student was shot in his Florida Park, Roodepoort home during a scrummage with armed hijackers.

Dr Marlin Mckay, Bosch’s uncle told Wits Vuvuzela that the three men entered the yard and attempted to hijack Bosch’s father’s Volkswagen Amarok double-cab. “When they approached him, he handed them the car keys,” he said. The three men then forced to enter the house. Bosch was in the house with his two brothers and mother. They engaged in a scuffle with Bosch who was stepping outside of the house to respond to his father’s scream. “Joshua was shot in the head, above his left eye,” Mckay said. The hijackers fled the scene and took nothing.

Florida police were called and they came late, “It was discouraging that they came when everything was done, Joshua was already taken to the hospital. However they did investigate the crime scene,” Mckay said.

Sergeant Mpho More told Wits Vuvuzela that the case is still under investigation.

Bosch is currently at Milpark Hospital in a critical, but stable condition. “There is a fragment of a bullet in his brain, however Joshua is breathing on his own,” Mckay said. The doctor further added that looking at the magnitude of the injury; it is a miracle that he is alive.

Mckay says the family is thankful for the prayers and support, especially support from the Wits medical students.

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