Two young men die in shooting

2015-11-03 06:00

Police are investigating the murder of two young people in Lavender Hill.

The victims, a 22-year-old man and 16-year-old boy, were killed on Friday 6 October at about 02:00.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, spokesperson of Steenberg police station, says police responded to a reported shooting incident in Urfield Road, Lavender Hill and on arrival found the victims with gunshot wounds to their bodies.

Declared dead“The 22-year-old victim had a gunshot wound to his head and the 16-year-old victim had a gunshot wound to his throat. Both victims were identified by their mothers and were declared dead on the scene,” Bartlett says.

A case of murder was opened for investigation. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the investigating officer, detective Constable Mark Lukas at Steenberg police, on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Guy FawkesMeanwhile, police warn that they will have zero tolerance for anyone violating the prescribed conditions for Guy Fawkes Day, which takes place on Thursday.

Bartlett reminds residents that there are designated areas where members of the community can set off their fireworks.

“The setting off of firecrackers in a residential area is illegal and those violating this condition will be prosecuted,” he says.

Bartlett says with the current gang violence it is difficult to distinguish between the sound of gunshots and firecrackers.

“The gangsters use this opportunity to shoot randomly,” he warns.

Community members are encouraged to report any illegal activities and the firing of fireworks in a residential area to the police.

Be vigilantThe community is also asked to be aware of their surroundings at all times as robberies take place – in particular in Joe Marks Boulevard, at the traffic robots in Prince George Drive and especially at the canal between Prince George Drive and Sonata Street.

Other hotspots for robberies are in Lavender Hill, Steenberg, Heathfield, Cafda and Retreat.

“The robberies occur when people are on their way to and from work. The community is urged to walk in groups and to report any suspicious characters to the police. Refrain from engaging gangsters with firearms as a life is more important than property,” he says.

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Anyone with information can contact Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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