Two youth killed in shootings

2015-07-14 06:00
Grassy Park police report the two shootings that occurred during last week were gang-related. Seven suspects have been arrested.
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Grassy Park police report the two shootings that occurred during last week were gang-related. Seven suspects have been arrested. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The Parkwood community was shaken last week as two youngsters were shot and killed in gang violence.

This could now lead to a spike in gang violence in the area.

According to Voice of Parkwood chairperson Paul Phillips an emergency meeting is being held tonight to decide on a way forward. “We have to mobilise our community to take a stand against these types of crimes. We need to engage the national government at this stage because all that has been done so far has not made an impact,” Phillips says.

He tells he was outside when the second shooting of the week occurred on Wednesday evening. “It was around 21:00 when it happened and I saw a man in Abdulla Moosa Walk running with a gun. He gave chase to men who were in the road,” he says.

Phillips says moments later he heard shots ringing out and people screaming. “I then heard that someone had been shot. It was a traumatising experience because I could not even think to intervene at the time I saw the guy with the gun,” he adds.

Phillips says a plan of action will be discussed tonight when religious leaders will gather and discuss the way forward. “We can’t allow this to go on anymore. We are losing young lives in our community and this calls for the attention of our national government. We need the army to intervene because we’re in difficulty,” he says.

Grassy Park visible policing commander Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Esau says last week’s shootings are the first in the past three weeks.

“There were two shooting incidents in the Parkwood area. One incident occurred on Tuesday, of which an attempted murder case was opened and later changed to murder because the victim died. The second incident occurred on Wednesday and a murder case was registered. Both incidents were gang-related,” Esau confirms.

He says six suspects were arrested for Tuesday’s shooting and one suspect was arrested in the second case.

Esau urges community members to come forward with information about any crime-related incidents.


To report criminal activity call Grassy Park police on 021 700 3900. Alternatively, contact 079 894 1687 or 073 136 3910

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