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SAPS lash out at 'audacity' of criminals following fatal Gelvandale shooting spree

One of the shooting scenes in Gelvandale.
One of the shooting scenes in Gelvandale.

Nelson Mandela Bay SAPS District Commissioner, Maj. Gen. Vuyisile Ncata, has lashed out against criminals that have the audacity to shoot at police that are doing their jobs.

This follows a shooting spree in Beaton Street, Gelvandale last night, January 24,  where two women sustained gunshot wounds to the arm and wrist respectively. The body of 30-year-old Ashraf Nordien was also found dead in a yard with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police spokesperson, Col. Priscilla Naidu, said that whilst police were still busy at the scene, shots could be heard in the adjacent Tobias Street. Two men sustained a gunshot wound to the hip each. 

"It is further alleged that a white Chevrolet Optra was involved in the shootings. While police were searching for the vehicle, they spotted the vehicle in Borchards Road where there was a shootout between police and the suspects," she said.

"When the vehicle stopped in Numan Road, three suspects got out and ran away. Two suspects were found in the car, one with a gunshot wound to his leg while the other sustained multiple stab wounds. Three firearms were also recovered," she added. 

The suspects were taken to hospital for treatment.

The following charges are being investigated against the alleged gang suspects: murder, six counts of attempted murder, and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Additional charges may be added as the investigation unfolds.

Ncata has warned that the police will not be deterred by criminals that attack police officers. "An attack on a police officer undermines the integrity of the state and we will be working around the clock to secure the arrest of the outstanding suspects. The SAPS’s vision is to prevent anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community, therefore, we are not the enemy. We urge the communities to work with us to rid their areas of illegal firearms, drugs and gang-related crime. In the last ten days, a total of 24 firearms, 342 rounds of ammunition and eight replica firearms were recovered within the metro. This emanates from our concerted efforts and proactive approach towards the perpetrators of crime," he explained.

Source: SAPS media statement
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