Wednesday, April 22, 2009

17 year old gunned down in Mfuleni

By Mandisi Tyulu
22 April 2009

Police were despatched to a shooting incident which took place during the early hours of yesterday evening in Westbank, Mfuleni.

On their arrival they found the body of a 17 year old victim, known as Maselino Kleinsmith where he was lying on the sidewalk, close to his house situated in Cantara Street.

Captain Anneke van der Vyver says the victim sustained several gun shot wounds to the head and body. Police immediately questioned residents and onlookers.

“It is alleged that the victim stood on the sidewalk with his friend. Two men, known to them, walked passed them and the next moment turned around, produced a firearm and fired one shot towards the deceased.”

“The deceased then tried to escape but the suspect gabbed hold of him. The other suspect also joined in and threw the victim to the ground, says Captain Van der Vyver.

“Three or more shots were yet again fired towards the injured victim. The suspects fled the scene afterwards in the direction of Delft and Diepwater.’ The motive of the incident is believed to have been gang-related.’

Constable Matras, the Investigating Officer made a breakthrough soon after the incident took place. A 17 year old suspect, believed to have been one of the three suspects involved, was arrested at his house situated in Waterberry Street, Westbank,says Captain Van Der Vyver.

Police are urging the public to assist them in their investigation into the incident. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Stoffel Matras on 021 - 900 5500 during office hours or on 072 608 3871 or the Detective Commander, Superintendent Nomdo on 082 778 7106.

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