Shootings move

2017-10-17 06:00
Block 4 in Kewtown was rocked by a shooting incident on Thursday as three men were shot and killed in a gang-related incident.

Block 4 in Kewtown was rocked by a shooting incident on Thursday as three men were shot and killed in a gang-related incident.

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Three men were killed and two others left in a critical condition in a shooting in Kewtown on Thursday.

According to ER24 spokesperson Annine Siddall, paramedics were called to the scene at Block 4 in Springbok Street at about 20:00.

“ER24 paramedics found the five men at an apartment building. Two of the men were declared dead on the scene. Three more men sustained serious injuries and were in a critical condition. All three patients were transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for further medical care,” says Siddall.

One of the patients died later.

According to Athlone police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman, it is alleged that four unknown men walked around the block of flats and started shooting.

“They found the five men sitting behind the flats and they fired several shots at them which resulted in three men – aged 34, 50 and 60 – being killed and two men, aged 29 and 34, being injured,” says Norman.

She adds that the shooters then fled in a silver Volkswagen Golf with no registration number.

Norman confirms that no-one has been arrested and that the shooting is gang-related.

Aziza Kannemeyer, chairperson of the Athlone Community Policing Forum, says the shooting is a spillover from ongoing gang activity in the area.

“There is always the risk of people who are coming to Athlone being caught up in this, as we saw on Monday past,” says Kannemeyer.

An alleged gang-related killing took place in the Athlone CBD on Monday when two people from rival gangs were due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on separate charges. The two men got into an argument which led to a fight in which a 29-year-old alleged gang member and his friends chased a 32-year-old man down Old Klipfontein Road. The man was stabbed to death in front of a butchery in the street. The 29-year-old and another man, also in his twenties, were arrested.

“All of these incidents are as a result of one incident that has spilt over into another, affecting different communities, because these groupings or gangs have got partners in other areas,” says Kannemeyer.

She points out that the renewed violence in Kewtown comes as soon as another area has quietened down.

“Kewtown has been fairly quiet for a very long time and the strange thing is, we have just managed to get all the groupings in Bokmakierie together to agree on a peace arrangement and that is still very fragile.”

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police at Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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