Police launch manhunt after tavern shooting leaves two dead, three wounded

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  • Mpumalanga police are searching for a man who allegedly shot five people.
  • Two people died after the shooting at a Koedoespoort tavern and three were still in hospital.
  • Police are also investigating if any lockdown regulations were broken.

Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt for a suspect after five people were shot in a tavern over the weekend.

Two people died after the shooting in Koedoespoort near Vaalbank in the Nkangala District.

"The horrific incident is said to have occurred on Saturday at a local tavern," said police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

A scuffle allegedly broke out at the tavern and turned violent. An armed man allegedly shot five people before he fled the scene.

"The victims were taken to hospital for treatment. However, the police were later notified that a 33-year-old male victim was certified dead. Another male victim, aged 29, succumbed to his injuries on Monday, also in hospital," said Mdhluli.

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The other three victims were still in hospital.

"The police in Vaalbank opened a case with two counts of murder as well as three counts of attempted murder. No one has been arrested as yet," he said.

Police have requested Martin Laka to come forward as they believe he can assist them with the investigation.

"Members of the public who have information on the whereabouts of the suspect or know where police can find Laka are urged to contact Detective Sergeant Fikile Mahlangu at 071 189 9014 or call the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111," said Mdhluli.

Police are also investigating if lockdown curfew regulations were broken during the incident.


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