Friday, January 16, 2009

Two people injured during a shootout in Belhar

By Mandisi Tyulu
16 January 2009

Yesterday afternoon a shooting incident occurred during which two people were injured.

Inspector Bernadine Steyn says a group of people stood on the corner of Buitengracht and Ryger Avenue in Belhar, when a green Toyota Tazz with an unknown registration number stopped nearby.

“It is alleged that two males got out of the vehicle and allegedly fired several shots at the group, who returned fire.’’

A 5 year old boy, who stood at the gate in front of his house, was wounded in his right arm and back. He is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, says inspector Steyn.

“An 18 year old man, who also stood nearby in the road, was wounded in his chest. He is also in hospital in a serious but stable condition.’’

The two men whose identities are not yet known fled the scene in the Tazz, says Steyn.

“The motive is being investigated.’ We are also investigating the possibility that the incident is gang-related.”

Police have opened cases of Attempted Murder and two other charges for investigation.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident yet and anyone with information can contact the Investigating Officer, Inspector Albert Pienaar at the Belhar Police station on 021 953 8100.


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