Five killed in shooting at Ceres taxi rank, 3 gunmen on the run

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  • Five people have been killed at a taxi rank in Ceres.
  • Western Cape police say the deadly shooting is believed to be related to taxi conflict in the area.
  • Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Western Cape police are probing a deadly shooting at a taxi rank in the Boland town of Ceres, which left at least five people dead. Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said four people had died on the scene, while a seriously injured victim had been rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

"Reports from the crime scene indicate that three yet-to-be identified suspects opened fire indiscriminately on taxis at a taxi rank in Vredebed after 07:00, seriously wounding a man who later died in hospital and four others who died on the scene," Potelwa said.

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She added that the identities of the deceased had not yet been released.

"Indications are that the shooting incident is taxi conflict related. Additional police comprising Public Order Police (POP) and local police have been deployed to the area to restore calm as detectives pursue several leads."

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects and anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact the police's Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.

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