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  • Two men were shot in Westbury, Johannesburg.
  • One man died, and the other was wounded.
  • The gunmen fled from the scene and dropped a bag containing firearms and ammunition.

Two men were shot in suspected gang violence in Westbury, Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning.

One person was declared dead on arrival at a medical care centre. The other, who was seriously injured, is still in hospital.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo, said in a statement: "Parktown police received information that a shootout was in progress between a group of men...[it's] suspected to be gang violence."

He said the men were reportedly standing outside a shop when gunmen jumped out of a vehicle and fired several shots.

While searching for the gunmen, the police noticed a VW Polo.  

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"The white VW Polo stayed in the area until the police arrived. Upon arrival, the suspects sped off, and a high-speed chase ensued," Masondo added.

They later abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot, dropping a plastic packet that contained a shotgun, a pistol and more than 70 rounds of ammunition. 

The firearms were sent for ballistics testing.

Police are investigating a murder case.

Sophiatown Community Policing chairperson Gus Malgas said it was "all drug and gang related".

"In this community, there are 16- and 17-year-olds involved too," he added.

Residents flocked to the scene and according to Malgas, members of the community alerted police.

Video footage of the incident surfaced online and showed people lying in the street.



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