Cape Town shooting 'may be gang-related'

2012-04-24 15:40

Cape Town - A man who was shot and wounded outside the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday could have been the victim of a gang-related shooting, police said.

The man, 35, had been walking out of the court with his cousin for refreshments at 11:30 when an unidentified man shot him, Captain Frederick van Wyk told reporters at the scene.

He said the man was shot in the neck, and not in the mouth according to some bystanders.

The gunman threw down his .38 revolver about 30 metres away while fleeing on foot.

"The motive is unknown at this stage but we are investigating the possibility that it's gang-related," Van Wyk said.

No arrests had been made. The wounded man was taken to a nearby hospital.

Pool of blood

Police were seen gathering witnesses for statements and earlier searched four men outside a nearby coffee shop before placing them in the back of a police van.

A forensic expert checked for residue on the firing mechanism of the revolver.

The gun lay near a bin, not far from a pool of blood where the man had been moments before.

The scene on Keerom Street, Cape Town, was cordoned off as crowds of curious people gathered to look at the blood.

A bystander, Junior Ngumbi, said he was walking with a client towards the court around noon when he heard a gunshot and a woman screaming.

"There was lots and lots of blood but I could see he was still conscious," he said.

Ngumbi showed a photo of the man lying in a pool of blood with a woman leaning over him, propping him up on a jacket.

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  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-24 15:53

    We have the wild west on the steps of our justice system, it is time that the whip be cracked. There surely must be surveillance cameras in the area that can give police enough detail to apprehend the shooters. My question? Why is nobody arrested already? Actually I know there are surveillance camera's stretching out for many city blocks in that area.

  • Loo - 2012-04-24 15:59

    Wyatt Earp ,, all is forgiven. Please come to Africa. We will give you horse, good food, women and of course lots of guns

      ArchAngel - 2012-04-24 19:09

      @Loo: Lots of guns ????? .... Only for the criminals as the Association of National Criminals has effectively removed legal guns from citizens with the Firearms Confiscation Act of 2000, leaving legally disarmed Law abiding citizens at the mercy of the illegally armed lawless.

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 15:59

    As I said earlier it's gang related.....

  • Loo - 2012-04-24 16:20

    Good place as any for a real old South African street shooting. Its not as if the courts and or law enforcement are respected in any way. Im surprised it wasn't inside a police station.

      Dries - 2012-04-24 17:16

      so true hey think of all the 28's in the Police, some got high rank

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-24 16:27

    That is to easy an assumption, even though, it could be, but it might also be exactly what the shooter wants us to think. Like in the case of Duwani wanting us to believe it was a hijacking. The wounded was a witness in a trial, I wonder whose trial, and I wonder why this has not been made public yet, or have I missed something. Just very intriguing that a person gets shot on the steps of justice itself and there is no police around to capture the guy. It is ridiculous, have you ever been there on any given day, there is always a number of police personnel in the area. Somebody should have been arrested already, as this is a blatant assassination attempt.

      nickayprinsloo - 2012-04-24 16:43

      My point exactly! Its a case being settled in the high court so why was this not made public. Friends of the man said that he was a junky funky. Police are always in herds around the court!

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