4 dead, including gunman, after Moreleta Park complex shootings

2016-10-12 23:04
Residents trying to get into their homes (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Residents trying to get into their homes (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Moreleta Park shooter and three other people were found dead after a police task force stormed the house to end a siege at a residential complex outside Pretoria on Wednesday.

"The task force entered the premises and they found the deceased inside his house," said police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller.

"There were three additional people dead on the outside of the house," said Miller.

It was possible that the shooter took his own life.

Although the scene has been cleared and declared safe, forensic work still needed to be conducted.

Details on the identities of the dead were not released but one deceased is believed to have been the complex's security director.

Dehydrated, in shock

Carl Coston, area manager of Brinant Security company, said a complaint was received on Wednesday afternoon about a man throwing stones.

Two police officers, company guards and the complex security director were part of a delegation that had gone to attend to the complaint.

Initially it was thought the complex chairperson was part of the delegation, but this was later clarified.

When the group entered the shooter's property, they came under fire and ran for cover. One of the officers managed to get away. The police officers and guards spent the afternoon and early evening hiding from the shooter with shots fired every time they tried to move.

Miller said apart from suffering from shock and dehydration the police officers were "alright".

Coston said the company's guards had already received an initial counselling session and would receive more emotional support on Thursday.

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