Triple-mur­der shock for res­i­dents

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Chevon Booysen chevon.booysen@inl.co.za

THE Len­tegeur triple mur­der has left res­i­dents on the edge as they fear yes­ter­day’s shoot­ing will es­ca­late the on­go­ing gang vi­o­lence.

The three men, aged be­tween 21 and 43, were killed on the cor­ners of Eisleben and Mor­gen­ster roads at mid­day.

“Len­tegeur po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint of a shoot­ing in­ci­dent.

“Upon ar­rival on the scene, po­lice found three men who had been shot in a white Ford Fo­cus at the in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘They were de­clared dead on the scene by paramedics,” said po­lice spokesper­son FC van Wyk.

He said the men were be­lieved to be on their way to Mitchells Plain and at the in­ter­sec­tion the un­known sus­pects, driv­ing in an un­known ve­hi­cle, fired sev­eral shots, mur­der­ing the men.

“The pos­si­bil­ity that this in­ci­dent might be gan­gre­lated will be in­ves­ti­gated,” Van Wyk added.

Van Wyk said mur­der cases were opened for in­ves­ti­ga­tion but no ar­rests had yet been made.

Len­tegeur res­i­dent Mark Brookes said the MItchells Plain com­mu­nity was tense as shoot­ings in the area had be­come more fre­quent.

“There has been a flare-up in gang vi­o­lence across the Mitchells Plain area where ri­val gangs are shoot­ing at each other.

“The shoot­ings are not con­tained in one area and move across bound­aries.

“Yes­ter­day’s shoot­ing ap­pears to be a gang hit and seemed to be well-ex­e­cuted.

“We ask our com­mu­nity to please help po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to also be mind­ful at crime scenes so as to not con­tam­i­nate the scene,” Brookes said.

Brookes added that more in­ter­ven­tion was needed, although po­lice were try­ing to mon­i­tor the gang-re­lated in­ci­dents in the area.

“The com­mu­nity must also un­der­stand that they have a role to play to as­sist po­lice to con­duct thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions to bring these per­pe­tra­tors to book,” he said.

The lat­est deadly in­ci­dent comes just 24 hours af­ter two men were shot dead and one in­jured in two shoot­ings in Bon­te­heuwel.

Van Wyk said Bishop Lavis po­lice had re­ceived a com­plaint of a mur­der at Jakkalsvlei Av­enue in Bon­te­heuwel on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice ar­rived at a tuck shop, where they found a body.

A 41-year-old man was shot and killed and a 32-year-old man wounded at Assegaai Road in Bon­te­heuwel.

A mur­der and at­tempted mur­der case were opened for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ings can anony­mously con­tact Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or SMS 32211.

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