Gunman and three others killed in hostage situation

2016-10-12 22:41

UPDATE 22:21 Captain David Miller confirms the suspect was a resident at the Meadows complex.

UPDATE 22:14 Three other people were killed earlier. Forensics are on site

UPDATE 22:11 Police spokesperson Captain David Miller says the suspect has been killed but not willing to comment on speculations that the man took his own life.

UPDATE 22:01 - Edward Gobey was shot and killed in Moreleta Park today.

Gobey managed security at the Meadows complex.

UPDATE 21:17 - Police spokesperson David Miller says the situation remains tense.

A special task team is on the scene, they have a profile on the suspect.

Miller cannot comment on details of the suspect in terms of his background, training in handling of firearms and age.

UPDATE 21:08 - Residents are allowed back in most streets but the complex where the crime took place.

UPDATE 20:41 - Operations are still ongoing and the suspect is being monitored, police spokesperson David Miller says.

UPDATE 20:06 - The status of the gunman is still unclear.

UPDATE 19:56 - Police spokesperson David Miller cannot confirm the number of deceased but a security official told News24 earlier on Wednesday evening that the complex's chairperson was killed.

UPDATE 19:46 - Police spokesperson David Miller says two police officers and three security guards have been freed. They don't seem to be seriously injured. The gunman still appears to be holed up in his home.

UPDATE 19:43 -

UPDATE 19:24 - All four hostages have been taken to safety. The complex's chairperson was sadly one of those killed,  Carl Costen: area manager for Brinant security told News24's Jenni Evans.

UPDATE 18:51 - Electricity to the complex has been cut.

UPDATE 18:32 - It has been confirmed that two people have been killed. One was a caretaker at the complex and another a security guard. SABC News reports that at least three people are being held hostage.

SABC reports that the suspect is known amongst the neighbours to be volatile person. Beyond that, there is no information on the motive for the shooting.

LATEST at 18:15:- Pretoria - Police and other armed security personnel managed to get some people out of the complex. It is believed that the shooter allegedly shot at victims from his balcony, Netwerk24's reporter on the scene Hanti Otto tweeted

Two police officers and two security guards are being held hostage in a Moreleta Park townhouse complex on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Two members of the public were wounded during a shooting in the Meadows complex, Captain Ilze Jones said.

The two security guards being held hostage were employees of the Brinant security company.

Police cordoned the area off after shots were fired in the complex at 13:00.

Police hostage negotiators and emergency services were on the scene.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said a man armed with a rifle was shooting at random. Police were trying to negotiate with him.

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