Airport shooting sends shockwaves through SA

2014-05-29 09:13
Cape Town – Security has been heightened at Cape Town International Airport after a fatal shooting incident on Wednesday evening. Operations are, however, going ahead as normal.
The Airports Company South Africa confirmed in a statement that a shooting incident at one of the eateries led to one fatality and three injuries.  

News24 earlier reported that the shots had been fired by a 33-year-old police constable. The attack was aimed at his life partner, who along with two other people were left injured. He then turned the gun on himself.  

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the constable arrived at the airport around 18:30 and went to the food-court to speak to his partner at one of the restaurants.

"It is alleged that an argument ensued and he shot his partner and two other employees at the food outlet," he said. "The man then turned the gun on himself, fatally wounding him."

An inquest docket to attempted murder has been opened.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the Western Cape, with many people taking to social media and online commenting forums to air their views.

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A number of people who were at the airport shared their experience on News24: 

Julia Swain - We were at the airport when the shooting occurred. We were downstairs buying makeup when we heard two shots and saw people starting to flood down the stairs. My first thought was Columbine and I shouted at my daughters to run.

We ran flat out out of the airport building toward the garage and then stopped when we realised everyone had stopped running. We went back in and up the stairs to see what had happened and we saw the two bodies lying on the ground in Ocean Basket.

The police started to push the line of people back. We saw a woman who also worked in Ocean Basket and spoke to her. It was her friend who had been shot and she told us it was the partner who came in and shot her and then himself. How does someone get into the airport with a gun?? It was absolutely awful

Zanele Sithole - After watching those 3 injured people being escorted to the ambulance made me feel unsafe.the trauma that im in right now,I can't just begin to explain the emissions that im feeling.I don't know how I'll face work tomorrow.

William Scott - I was there when I happened around 18:10 at the Cape Town International Airport Ocean Basket. The shooter jumped over the Ocean Basket sushi bar and chased one of the ladies working at the back.

She ran though the side door, just past where I was sitting, and the man following behind her pulled out his pistol. He stopped her right in front of the Ocean Basket entrance when he then shot her and followed to shoot himself in the head. Before I left the lady who was shot was still alive and was being helped by some older man.

Others expressed their shock about the incident, raising questions about the lack of security in public spaces that should be particularly well protected, such as airports:  

Adriano D'Arienzo - Just the other night I was commenting with my girlfriend about security at many public places, just like the airport for example, anyone can just walk in with a gun, knife, whatever it is and just cause damage. Yes, this was a cop, but I reckon there must be limitations to gun/weapon use in public places in this country. The airport is my workplace as such, and I can't help but feel worried when I go there on a daily basis.

lacrimosewolf - Absurd. Can't take more than 100ml of liquid onto a plane but can roam an airport with a gun


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