Many shot in ‘gang killing’

2016-03-08 06:00
Residents watch after two people were shot and killed in broad daylight at Stone Court in Lavender Hill. The murders are suspected to be gang-related.

Residents watch after two people were shot and killed in broad daylight at Stone Court in Lavender Hill. The murders are suspected to be gang-related.

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Lavender Hill residents are gripped by fear following several shooting incidents in their area over the last couple of months.

There are claims that since the beginning of the year 15 people have been killed while about eight people narrowly escaped death.

Tuesday last week was not an easy day for locals, especially residents close to Stone Court. Residents were left with churning stomachs after some of them witnessed a shooting that left two people dead and four others seriously injured.

Among the injured was an 11-year-old boy who had been caught in the crossfire.

It is alleged that the two deceased victims were gambling in the court with others when they were approached by four men.

Two were armed with pistols and two with revolvers. All four fired several shots at the victims at close range.

A witness then ran and the suspects also fired at him and his son.

Elton Goliath (21) sustained one gunshot wound to his head, one to his left arm and one in each leg. He was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.

The second body was that of Salie Abrahams (19), who sustained two gunshot wounds to his head and one to his left shoulder.

During the carnage one of the attackers fired another shot at Abrahams while he was lying, which killed him instantly.

When Steenberg police responded to the shooting they found the two victims lying in the parking area.

Three of the injured victims were taken to Victoria Hospital. The 11-year-old boy sustained one gunshot wound to his lower right leg after a bullet had also hit his father.

Also lucky to be alive is a 19-year-old who sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. He was treated in the ambulance.

Another injured person was a 22-year-old woman who was treated on the scene by the paramedics. It is alleged that she ran away when the shooting started and fell. She was wounded in the fall on her forehead.

Another survivor is a 17-year-old who sustained one gunshot wound to his left leg. He was taken to Retreat day hospital.

A 34-year-old man also sustained one gunshot wound to his left leg.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, spokesperson of Steenberg police, says: “Nine cartridges were retrieved on the crime scene and two projectiles were found at the house where the one victim was shot through the door.

“The motive for the shooting is gang-related, as, according to witnesses, the suspects belong to the Junky Funky Kids gang.

“No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Community activist Clive Jacobs says it’s time people in Lavender Hill came together to fight.

“People must be more vigilant. Residents must report crime and not turn a blind eye. We can’t allow this to continue to happen,” says Jacobs.

Anyone with information on the shooting is requested to call Steenberg police on 021 702 9000.

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