Criminals open fire

2016-07-13 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – Two adults are nursing their wounds after they were shot in different incidents by persons unknown at the Makwane and Poelong Villages in two separate incidents.

Sgt Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the victims sustained injuries and the suspects had not yet been arrested.

He urged the community to be on the lookout, because the suspects were dangerous and carrying firearms, which could be used in carrying out other serious crimes.

“On Saturday (09/07) at approximately 01:15, a 59-year-old man from the Bagdad section of the Makwane Village in Qwaqwa had been rushed to hospital by an ambulance after he had been shot in the arm and thigh by an unknown suspect in his house.

“It is alleged that three suspects had arrived at his house, firing shots at his door for no apparent reason. His daughter summoned the police to the house.

“They discovered that he was hit by bullets in the arm and thigh. The police found cartridges inside and outside the house. A case of attempted murder is being investigated. No arrests have been made yet,” Mophiring said.

On Friday (08/07) at approximately 23:30, a 54-year-old man from the Poelong Village said he had been in his house when he heard his dogs barking outside.

“He went to inspect and noticed that his cows were outside the kraal. He chased them back into the kraal. Whilst outside with his wife, he saw two suspects wearing blankets and gumboots.

“They started firing shots and the man and his wife ran back into the house.

“The suspects also threw stones at his house, damaging the fridge and windows.

“The man then noticed that he was shot in the right arm. He was rushed to hospital for treatment.

“A case of attempted murder is being investigated. No arrests have been made yet,” said Mophiring.

“We need to stand against criminals who carry illegal firearms and shoot at law-abiding citizens. These criminals must be reported to the police. There have been many incidents where people were shot by unknown suspects who we believe are living amongst us in the community.

“Let us act and fight crime together to create a safe environment for our children,” said the acting provincial commissioner of the Free State, Maj.Genl. Eric Gela.

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