Gang leader shot in chest, killed

2016-05-24 06:00

An alleged gang leader (40) was shot dead in Parkers Walk, Parkwood, last Thursday night. In the same incident a 42-year-old man was also shot and injured.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith confirms the incident occurred at 21:25. “On Thursday Grassy Park police received a complaint of a shooting in progress at Parkers Walk. On their arrival, they saw a man lying on the ground. One of the victims informed the officers that he and the deceased were standing on the stairs when three unknown men opened fire on them.”

The 42-year-old victim was hit several times on his body and the deceased was shot in the chest. After the shooting the suspects fled the scene on foot, Kleinsmith says.

The deceased was transported to Victoria Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Kleinsmith says the deceased and the victim are affiliated to a gang in Parkwood.

A case of murder and attempted murder is being investigated.

The deceased was buried on Friday according to Muslim rites.

Kleinsmith says to ensure they monitor the situation against possible gang-related shootings, Grassy Park police will continue with high density operations in the precinct.

Yesterday (Monday) Grassy Park police confirmed two arrests were made over the weekend with regard to the murder.

“An 18-year-old man was arrested on Friday and appeared in court on Monday on a charge of murder,” Kleinsmith confirms.

The second apprehension came on Sunday when a 22-year-old man was arrested. “They both (are) affiliated to a rival gang in Parkwood,” Kleinsmith says.

The police are appealing to the broader community to get involved in the reward system. This system allows any adult resident to become proactively involved in the prevention of crime. Crime and criminals can be reported and a reward could be received by the person blowing the whistle.

V Report information relating to serious and violent crimes on the standby number 082 302 3776 or alternatively contact CrimeStop on 08600 10111.

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