Tag: Shooting

Deadly Start to School Year As Grade 10 Shoots Pupil and then Himself

A Grade 10 pupil has shot and killed another pupil before taking his own life, said officials in Gauteng on Thursday. The tragic shooting took place on Wednesday, the first day of the 2022 academic year. The deceased pupils were both in Grade 10 at Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

Reportedly the two pupils had an argument during school hours.  Their quarrel led to one of the pupils shooting and killing the other outside the school premises. The shooter allegedly then turned the gun on himself.

Steve Mabona, the spokesperson for the Gauteng education department, said psycho-social unit officials had been sent to counsel those affected by the fatal incident.

“It is tragic to lose pupils at the hands of violence as the academic year begins. We wish to send our sincere condolences to the families of those pupils. We also urge our pupils to always refrain from any form of violent behaviour,” MEC Panyaza Lesufi said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said they were investigating a murder case. According to Sello, the circumstances that led to the shooting is unclear at this stage.

In another case, a general assistant from Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Soweto was shot and killed on Thursday morning. The 49-year-old was shot at his workplace and declared dead on the scene.

“Our psycho-social unit has been dispatched to provide necessary trauma support and counselling to those affected by this incident,” Lesufi said.

“It is unfortunate to learn of such a tragic incident involving one of our dedicated general assistants. As the department, we send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and we plea with police authorities to ensure that justice is served in this case.”

Taxi Owner Kills Mustang Driver and Passenger Before Suicide

A man and woman were shot dead in their Ford Mustang while driving in Soweto on Wednesday. The gunman then went home and committed suicide.

The female victim was a police reservist working at the Diepkloof police station in Soweto. Her male companion, the owner of the Ford Mustang, was believed to have been a forex trader while the gunman was a taxi owner suspected to have been the woman’s former lover.

A video taken at the scene shows a group of people surrounding the car while two bloodied bodies are slumped inside. Nearby was a minibus taxi that was hit when the driver of the Mustang lost control of the vehicle.

A source told members of the media that the taxi driver was angry that the woman had dumped him and gotten herself a new boyfriend.

“He shot at them as they were driving in Soweto. After shooting at their car, [the driver] lost control and hit a minibus taxi. He (the shooter) then went to his parents’ house in Orlando and killed himself,” said the source.

Colonel Athlenda Mathe, police spokesperson said the couple was shot along Baragwanath Road in Soweto. She said the female reservist constable, who was attached to the Diepkloof Visible Policing Unit, and a man was driving along the road when shots were fired at their vehicle.

She said the shooter then drove off and later killed himself.

“He was found to have shot himself at his place of residence in Orlando East,” Mathe said.

Colonel Athlenda Mathe said 15 empty cartridges were found at the scene.

While sources have inferred that the shooter was bitter and jealous after the police reservist allegedly cheated on him, the police said they did not want to speculate. Mathe said police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

One dead, three wounded as bullets hit cars on bridge over M1 in Joburg

One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting incident on a bridge over the M1 highway at Woodmead in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the shooting on the Woodmead Road bridge happened at about 10.40am.

Herbst said one man had been shot dead and two others sustained critical injuries. A third person sustained minor injuries.

“Traffic was severely backed up, with multiple cars that had stopped in the road where the shooting had taken place,” he said.

A man was airlifted to hospital while the other victims were treated at the scene.

Gauteng police could not immediately comment.

Motorist turns gun on himself after shooting several people

An unidentified man turned the gun on himself at a petrol station in Sharpeville after shooting several people in Vanderbijlpark yesterday, Gauteng police confirmed today.  CCTV footage from the petrol station shows the man driving a BMW X5 which had visible crash damage in the front.

The man gets out of the car with a firearm pointed to his head, before he shoots himself dead, as people look on.  The circumstances around his death are being investigated by the police who have opened an inquest docket.  Police confirmed that the man had allegedly shot several people in the Vanderbijlpark area.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said the motorist committed suicide yesterday.

“I can confirm that yesterday, at about 7pm, a man driving a X5 BMW allegedly shot several people in Vanderbijlpark and was later found (deceased) at a Sharpeville filling station. It is also alleged that he shot himself. The motive of the shooting is unknown.

“Police are currently trying to establish who this person is and all the injured victims were taken to hospital,” said Makhubele.

Social media users said the man had killed five people, but police said there was no truth to the allegations.

The wounded were being treated in hospital, Makhubele said.

Bosman Taxi Rank Shooting – 6 people wounded

Tshwane emergency services have confirmed that six people have been wounded in a shooting at the Bosman taxi rank in Pretoria.

The circumstances around Friday morning’s crime are not yet clear but police are on the scene to investigate.

One man is in a critical condition and was transported to a nearby hospital.

Tshwane emergency services’ Charles Mabaso said: “A male patient with multiple gunshot wounds arrived at the fire station and was followed by a male and a female also being shot. Paramedics attended to the three patients at the station and a fire truck was sent to the taxi rank. Firefighters found another three patients there.”

Meanwhile, this witness saw what happened.

“What kind of a country are we live in? People just went to get a taxi to wherever they’re going and someone just came out of nowhere and fired shots at these passengers in the taxi.”

2 People killed and one critical in Xavier M1 shooting

Two people have been killed and one other is in a critical condition following a shoutout on the M1 highway near the Xavier off-ramp in Johannesburg.

While details around the shooting are still unclear, it’s understood that the driver and a passenger died in a hail of bullets, while one other passenger was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police and emergency personnel are combing through the scene and are urging motorists to use alternative routes.

The JMPD’s Xolani Fihla: “There was a shooting on the Xavier bridge just over the M1 near Gold Reef City. The driver and a passenger of a silver Toyota Corolla were fatally shot and a third person, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, was shot and is in a serious condition. At this moment, the motive of the shooting is unknown and Xavier has been closed off to traffic.”

Five wounded in Gauteng drive-by shooting

Five people were wounded after gunmen opened fire on them in Florida, Gauteng, on the West Rand on Friday morning then jumped into their vehicle and fled the scene.  The incident happened at the Hendrik Potgieter and Gordon Road intersections.

A video that captured the incident shows two people get out of a white car that had stopped at an intersection and firing at a group of people multiples times.

One of the people closest to the car falls immediately after being hit while others start running away. One man falls while getting away but gets up very quickly and continues running.

The gunmen then jump into the moving car as it speeds away.

ER24’s Russel Meiring said numerous paramedics arrived at the scene around 8am.

On closer inspection, he said, paramedics found one man lying inside a small shop while five other men were found lying on the pavement.

“Paramedics assessed the patients and found that three had sustained numerous gunshot wounds and were in a critical condition while two others had sustained serious gunshot wounds.

“A sixth man had escaped with only a minor injury to his ankle.

He said the injured men were treated at the scene and provided with advanced life support interventions before being transported to hospitals in the area for further care.

Spokesperson for the Gauteng Police Colonel Kay Makhubele said they were aware of the incident.

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