Search for shooting suspects

2016-05-24 06:00
Philippi police apprehended an 18-year-old suspect after finding a 9mm Norinco firearm in his possession on Monday morning.

Philippi police apprehended an 18-year-old suspect after finding a 9mm Norinco firearm in his possession on Monday morning.

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A 27-year-old Hanover Park man was shot and killed on Saturday.

Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath says the man was gunned down at about 21:00.

“The deceased sustained a gunshot wound to his back and neck and medics declared him as dead on the crime scene. Six spent cartridges were found on the scene. It’s yet to be determined if the incident was gang related,” Goliath says.

Police are investigating a case of murder and no arrests have yet been made. The unknown suspects are still at large.

In another incident in Hanover Park, police are investigating a case of attempted murder which occurred in Surburg Road on the same day.

“At about 22:00 a 15-year-old boy was shot and wounded in his head. He’s in a serious condition at the hospital,” Goliath says.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and it is yet to be determined if the incident was gang related.

No arrests have yet been made.

Philippi station commander Colonel Dennis Abels who visited the crime scenes condemned the shootings.

Abels has urged the public to come forward with information that can lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrators.

“Experiencing sporadic shooting incidents, through integrated police operations police are working around the clock in order to address the shootings as well as other crimes and bring the perpetrators to book,” Goliath says.

He says in another incident yesterday (Monday) morning at about 03:30 police were busy with crime prevention duty in Walvis Court when they spotted three suspicious looking men who started running away when they spotted police.

“Police gave chase and one of the suspects threw a firearm on the ground. Police managed to apprehend him and confiscated the firearm which is a 9mm Norinco pistol, a magazine and ammunition,” Goliath confirms.

Further inquiry and investigation revealed that the firearm was reported stolen in Nyanga during 2010. “Police arrested the 18-year-old suspect on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. More charges are expected to be added pending the outcome of the investigation. The man is due to make his appearance in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to the illegal possession of ammunition and possession of drugs.”

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