Man guns down wife, adopted son

2012-03-20 10:07
Pretoria - A man's dream to find his biological parents could possibly have led to his adopted father shooting both him and his adopted mother dead on Monday.

Jan-Louis Venter, 61, of Pretoria North apparently shot and killed his wife, Meisie, 60, and adopted son Innus, 42, during the early hours of the morning in their home in Compact Street, Dorandia.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said both were shot in the head.

Heated argument

According to sources, there had been a family fight because the younger Venter wanted to find his biological parents. Venter’s brother, Derick and his girlfriend (whose name was not known) arrived at the house shortly before the shooting.

A heated argument took place in the kitchen where Venter snr, his wife and the two brothers were sitting at the kitchen table. Venter snr apparently left the kitchen and returned with a gun.

He then allegedly pointed the weapon at his adopted son’s head and pulled the trigger.

Derick Venter and his mother ran out of the kitchen, after which another shot was heard. Meisie Venter had been shot. Both victims died on the scene.

Dlamini said police arrested Venter snr in the street in front of his house.

He was apparently still holding the gun.

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