Spate of shootings hit Lavender Hill

2016-05-24 06:00

A Lavender Hill mother died while holding her child in her arms, after she was shot in the eye while at a shop.

On Saturday 7 May at about 21:20 Steenberg police responded to a shooting at Welton Road Lavender Hill.

On their arrival they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the eye.

It is alleged that the 30-year-old victim, Nicolette Serengie, was at a shop with her child in her arms when unknown gunmen in a vehicle opened fire at them.

The age of the child is unknown.

The victim ran up to a house in Welton Road and banged on the door.

According to an occupant of the house, she found the victim sitting on the stairs and the victim collapsed face down to the ground.

The child was unharmed and was taken away by the father.

Paramedics declared the victim as dead.

Five cartridges were found on the crime scene.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

A case of murder has been opened for investigation.

On the same day, at the same time, police responded to a shooting incident at Depsiton Crescent, Lavender Hill.

On arrival they found a 32-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to his left side. The victim was treated on the scene and transported to Victoria Hospital for medical treatment.

According to the victim, the perpetrators are not known to him.

Bystanders say they saw a grey vehicle drive down the street slowly and then several shots were fired from the vehicle.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation.

Later that evening, when police were patrolling in Lavender Hill, they saw a group of people standing at Stone Court.

They approached the group and were shown a 30-year-old victim lying on the stairs.

The victim sustained a gunshot wound to her stomach.

She was transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for medical treatment.

According to the victim she was walking down Depsiton Crescent when she was shot.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and the perpetrators are still at large.

A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation.

Anyone with information on these incidents is requested to contact Steenberg police station at 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111.

All information will be treated as confidential.

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