A 64-year-old Walmer resident in Gqeberha discharged his firearm following a discovery of an invasion by three suspected robbers in his home in Old Seaview Road last night, September 17.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, it is alleged that the incident occurred at about 20:30 when the complainant and his wife were socialising with their friends.
“As the group were in the lounge, they noticed the men approaching them from the passage. Two of the males had crowbars whilst the third male was armed with a knife. The suspect with a crowbar attacked the male visitor by assaulting him over the head with the crowbar,” Naidu said.
She added that the second suspect also armed with a crowbar attacked the complainant by also hitting him over the head.
“The complainant managed to grab his licensed firearm and fired shots at the suspects. The suspects then fled on foot.”
Naidu further added that whilst police were still at the house, neighbourhood watch members informed them that a body was lying in bushes not far from the house in Rocco Street. The deceased approximately 25-years-old sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.
SAPS Walmer detectives are investigating a possible link between the attempted house robbery and the murder. The complainant’s firearm was confiscated for ballistic analysis. No arrest has been made.
Cases of attempted house robbery and murder are under investigation.