Cops try to un­ravel mur­der-sui­cide

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - THA­BANG RAMMUTLA AND TOBY NGO­MANE

A MUR­DER-sui­cide has claimed the life of a woman and the man sus­pected to be her lover, who turned the gun on him­self af­ter shoot­ing her dead yes­ter­day morn­ing in Krugers­dorp.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­per­son and spokesper­son of the Krugers­dorp Com­mu­nity Po­lice Fo­rum’s sec­tor 3, Piet Sparks, the man first shot the woman twice in the ab­domen and then pumped one bul­let into his head.

Both vic­tims were de­clared dead on the scene, and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mo­tive for the dou­ble tragedy.

Sparks said that al­though the pre­cise de­tails sur­round­ing yes­ter­day’s shoot­ing were not clear, se­cu­rity guards pa­trolling the area are said to have wit­nessed the mur­der-sui­cide.

Sparks said the se­cu­rity guards were sta­tioned at the gate of a pri­vate es­tate where the in­ci­dent took place.

“The eye­wit­nesses saw that two peo­ple were hav­ing a quar­rel. Then a shot was fired, then a sec­ond shot was fired and the lady fell down,” Sparks said.

The man al­legedly fired an­other shot in the air as he was walk­ing across the road away from the bleed­ing woman on the pave­ment.

“The man then got in his car and shot him­self once in the head,” he said.

The in­ci­dent, which took place on Clif­ford Road in the sub­urb of Chan­cliff, west of Joburg, was promptly at­tended to by paramedics who ar­rived shortly af­ter the shoot­ing to find a large crowd.

ER24 spokesper­son Rus­sel Meir­ing con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said that the first two shots hit the woman’s ab­domen and killed her while the man sus­tained a deadly shot to the head.

Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo, Gauteng’s SAPS spokesper­son, said the vic­tims had not yet been iden­ti­fied and they were still in the process of com­mu­ni­cat­ing the news to the fam­i­lies.

He said they were hop­ing to iden­tify the man first be­cause he was in a com­pany car.

“We are hop­ing that the male will be iden­ti­fied, be­cause the car be­longs to Red Ants Se­cu­rity and we sus­pect that he is an em­ployee of that com­pany,” he added.

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