Longkloof Circle shooters arrested

2016-11-22 06:00

Manenberg police have taken two men into custody on Sunday in connection with the attempted murder of eight family members in Longkloof Circle in Heideveld. The suspects are the aged 18 and 19, while a 30-year-old man was arrested for the illegal possession of firearms, ammunition as well as drugs.

The shooting took place on Friday night. It is alleged the family was at home in their lounge, while their children played outside, when the shooting occurred.

Manenberg police spokesperson Ian Bennett says four men got out of a white car parked outside the house, walked onto the premises and forced open the front door.

“Without any warning the perpetrators opened fire randomly at the unsuspecting people in the lounge. As they fled the scene [the gunmen] continued to shoot.

“They fled the scene in a white car, leaving eight people injured including two children, both boys aged six and 10. The injured were taken to Heideveld Emergency Centre for medical treatment,” says Bennett.

Bennett says their serious and violent crime project team took up the investigation, working tirelessly.

He adds that while police tried to carry out the investigation in Heideveld, community members attacked them by stoning the police vans.

“This action will not be tolerated and it will not deter the police from delivering a quality service to the community,” says Bennett.

The investigation then took police to Strand after the officers received information regarding the location of the suspect. They arrived at his home and found the suspect, an 18-year-old man, who was named in the shooting.

He was arrested and brought back to Manenberg.

“On searching the premises [officers] found two firearms. One firearm was stolen in a Hout Bay case, the other has not been reported stolen yet. It is registered to someone in Kimberley. Seventeen half mandrax tablets and 16 units of tik were also confiscated,” says Bennett.

A 30-year-old man, the owner of the home, was arrested for the possession of the unlicensed firearms and drugs.

“The team also arrested the another 19-year-old man who was mentioned in the attempted murder of the eight victims in Longkloof Circle. The officers were commended for their dedication in bringing these perpetrators to book,” concludes ­Bennett.

A case of attempted has been opened for investigation and police are still seeking more information relating to the incident.

V Anyone with information can contact Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or CrimeStop on 0860 010 111.

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