Five arrested for West Rand shooting that killed seven, injured five

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  • Five men have been arrested for a shooting on the West Rand.
  • Seven people were killed and five others injured during the incident.
  • The shooters have allegedly been linked to several other incidents in the area.

Five men have been arrested for allegedly murdering seven people and attempting to murder five others in Gauteng last month.

The murders took place on 23 October when gunmen opened fire on a busy street in Kagiso-Tshepisong on the West Rand after murdering three people at a home.

"On that fateful afternoon, it was reported that a lone gunman entered a house and shot dead the owner and his girlfriend, as well as a neighbour," said police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili.

She added that more men joined the gunman in shooting randomly on a busy street while a wedding celebration was held nearby.

"Two more people were declared dead on the scene while two more died in hospital," Muridili added.

In total, seven people died, and another five were injured in the shooting, she said.

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On Wednesday, police followed up on information on the whereabouts of the shooters. Five people were apprehended in Kagiso.

Police officers seized a firearm and ammunition as well as a vehicle, said Muridili.

"The suspects have already been linked to more cases of murder and attempted murder that were committed in and around Kagiso. They have also been linked to activities of illegal mining in the district," Muridili added.

They are set to appear in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court soon.

"This particular incident was disheartening as innocent people who were enjoying themselves at a nearby wedding were caught up in the random shooting. The killing of any person is not acceptable, let alone seven. I am happy that those suspected to be responsible have been arrested, and they will face the full might of the law," said Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

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