Two youth killed in shootings

2015-07-14 06:00
Grassy Park police report the two shootings that occurred during last week were gang-related. Seven suspects have been arrested.
Chevon Booysen

Grassy Park police report the two shootings that occurred during last week were gang-related. Seven suspects have been arrested. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Parkwood community was shaken last week as two youngsters were shot and killed in gang violence.

This could now lead to a spike in gang violence in the area.

According to Voice of Parkwood chairperson Paul Phillips an emergency meeting is being held tonight to decide on a way forward. “We have to mobilise our community to take a stand against these types of crimes. We need to engage the national government at this stage because all that has been done so far has not made an impact,” Phillips says.

He tells he was outside when the second shooting of the week occurred on Wednesday evening. “It was around 21:00 when it happened and I saw a man in Abdulla Moosa Walk running with a gun. He gave chase to men who were in the road,” he says.

Phillips says moments later he heard shots ringing out and people screaming. “I then heard that someone had been shot. It was a traumatising experience because I could not even think to intervene at the time I saw the guy with the gun,” he adds.

Phillips says a plan of action will be discussed tonight when religious leaders will gather and discuss the way forward. “We can’t allow this to go on anymore. We are losing young lives in our community and this calls for the attention of our national government. We need the army to intervene because we’re in difficulty,” he says.

Grassy Park visible policing commander Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Esau says last week’s shootings are the first in the past three weeks.

“There were two shooting incidents in the Parkwood area. One incident occurred on Tuesday, of which an attempted murder case was opened and later changed to murder because the victim died. The second incident occurred on Wednesday and a murder case was registered. Both incidents were gang-related,” Esau confirms.

He says six suspects were arrested for Tuesday’s shooting and one suspect was arrested in the second case.

Esau urges community members to come forward with information about any crime-related incidents.


To report criminal activity call Grassy Park police on 021 700 3900. Alternatively, contact 079 894 1687 or 073 136 3910

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.