Three killed, two injured in shooting spree

2016-02-17 06:00
Belinda Els. Photo: supplied

Belinda Els. Photo: supplied

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SANSANDS residents are in shock following a shooting spree at the block of flats on Monday.

“On 15 February at 7.05am, Amanzimtoti SAPS responded to a shooting at Sunsands Flats, Doonside.
“On arrival, we found the suspect, a white male named Nicolaas Els (67), allegedly went on a shooting spree, injuring his brother-in-law Richard Northmore (60) and shooting and killing the caretaker of the block of flats, Butch van der Watt. He also shot and killed his estranged wife Belinda Els (62),” Captain Charlene van der Spuy said.

“Nicolaas also shot an attorney, Yolandi­ van Watt (31), who sustained a gunshot wound to the neck and who was transported to hospital by ambulance. She underwent surgery and is currently in ICU. Her condition is stable­,” Van der Spuy added.

She said Els then shot himself and was declared dead by paramedics at 8.32am.

“According to the family, the couple were going through divorce proceedings. The attorney Yolandi, who is the daughter of the caretaker Butch, was handling the matter. She arrived at the block of flats where she met with Belinda who was to go with her to remove her clothing from the flat she had occupied with her estranged husband,” Van der Spuy said.

On Yolandi and Belinda’s arrival, Els went upstairs to the flat of his brother-in-law Northmore.

“Northmore was stepping out of the elevator when he saw Els coming towards him from the staircase. Els was pointing a firearm at him and fired a shot at his head. He ducked and sustained a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. He fell in the passage and stayed down,” said Van der Spuy.

Els then went downstairs, shot the caretaker, his estranged wife, the attorney and then himself.

A case of double murder, attempted murder and an inquest is being investigated by Amanzimtoti SAPS.

Belinda is survived by six children and 10 grandchildren and Nicolaas is survived by three children and three grandchildren. - Supplied.

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