Hunt for suspect in Northdale attack Family feud ends in shootout

2016-01-21 12:30
Paramedics put an injured victim into the ambulance at Stork Road after a man opened fire on his family.

Paramedics put an injured victim into the ambulance at Stork Road after a man opened fire on his family. (Amil Umraw, The Witness )

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Pietermaritzburg - The hunt is on for a man who allegedly opened fire on his mother, sister and brother-in-law in Stork Road, Northdale, early on Wednesday evening.

According to police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim, the family were engaged in a heated argument when a fight broke out between the suspect and his brother-in-law.

“It is believed the men started choking each other and family members tried to separate them,” Ebrahim said. The suspect, believed to be in his 40s, then allegedly pulled a firearm from a bag and went on the rampage, firing shots in all directions.

“The brother-in-law was shot in his head, left shoulder, and chest. The suspect’s mother and sister both ­received gunshots to their legs,” Ebrahim said.

Police believe the man then fled to his vehicle and sped off. He had still not been apprehended by 8.30 pm last night.

When The Witness arrived at the house yesterday at about 7 pm, about half-an-hour after the incident took place, the street was jammed with emergency vehicles, with police ­officers combing the scene.

The injured man was soon brought out of the house, covered in bandages on a stretcher as paramedics placed him in an ambulance.

The man, his wife and mother-in-law were then rushed to hospital.

A neighbour, who asked not be named, said he heard multiple gunshots and ran towards the house.

“I heard the commotion and heard the gun going off. From what I could see, the brother-in-law was shot the most and had about six exit wounds on him,” the man said.

The neighbour said he ­immediately called for assistance, but the shooter got away.

Police at the scene said they ­received information that the suspect was hiding in a house in Regina Road. However, this could not be ­confirmed.

Residents from the Nhlalakahle ­informal settlement and neighbours stood in shock at the roadside, speculating as to what had happened.

Some stood in disbelief, crying as the family was taken to hospital.

“I cannot believe what has ­happened. They [the family] do not usually fight,” a neighbour said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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