Police wary of shootings

2015-12-15 06:00
Police in the Grassy Park precinct are on high alert after shootings in the precinct escalated about a month ago.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Police in the Grassy Park precinct are on high alert after shootings in the precinct escalated about a month ago. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Police are on high alert as the silly season approaches.

This comes after shooting in the Grassy Park precinct has escalated in the past month.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith confirms last week the state opened a case against a suspect who shot a five-year-old girl in her stomach on Sunday 29 November.

“Grassy Park police can confirm that an attempted murder case was opened by the state (Grassy Park police) in connection with this shooting incident that took place at about 15:15. Police received information about a shooting in progress at Ottery flats and upon arrival residents informed the police that three victims were shot and were taken for medical care,” Kleinsmith says.

The first victim a 26-year-old man who was shot in his leg when he was on his way to the shop.

“Two men came over the field and shot randomly in the direction of the shop, while some children were playing in the vicinity. The second victim, aged five, was shot in the stomach while playing and the third victim aged about 20 was shot in the hand,” she confirms.

Kleinsmith said the girl received medical care but it is now unknown whether she is still in hospital as the family did not want to go ahead with the case, therefore a state case was opened. 

The case is under investigation. No arrests have yet been made and the unknown suspects are still at large.
In another shooting on Monday at about 15:38, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed.
“Crime prevention members were informed of a shooting in progress at Blackbird Avenue, Parkwood. Upon arrival at the scene members found the community standing at the garden, next to the park. Members then saw a man laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest,” Kleinsmith says.
The victim was declared dead on the scene.
“According to the community the victim was not a gangster. However, he was shot by gang members in the area.
A 27-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested. A case of murder is being investigated.
The station commander Colonel Shawn Van Wyk urged the community to get involved in street and court committees and for churches in the area to actively get involved in issues within their community.
Community police forum (CPF) public relations officer Philip Bam says there has been worrying reports in the past few weeks relating to the shootings in the Grassy Park precinct (Ottery, Lotus River and Parkwood) – making mention of the five-year-old girl who was shot.
“In November when it all started to flare up, two people were killed in a shooting at Ottery and since then there has been regular reports by residents of gun shots in their neighbourhoods.”
Bam adds as the CPF, they are “extremely concerned” about violence continuing. “We need to be convinced that everything possible is being done to curb this very disturbing trend in our province. We want peace in our communities,” Bam adds.
He says the CPF calls for residents to come forward with information and report shooters. “The police must execute its mandate to serve and protect our communities in a manner that will engender confidence in their ability to police the are effectively,” Bam says.
“Excuses are no longer acceptable and we don’t wish to hear excuses from our law enforcement agencies about lack of resources. We say enough is enough,” Bam adds.
. At the time of going to print, People’s Post received information that a shooting again broke out on the corners of Blackbird Avenue and Acacia Street. The shooting took place near to where a children’s holiday programme was taking place. Police did not respond to enquiries at the time of going to print. Further information suggested that residents aimed to march to homes of gang leaders and point police to where guns were being stored.
Anyone with information on crime can call the police Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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