Four men arrested on unrelated attempted murder charges in Port Elizabeth

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 8, 2016

The Provincial Gang Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth, in less than 24 hours, arrested four suspects allegedly involved in separate shooting incidents in Malabar and Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth.

It is alleged that, on Monday at about 11:00, a shooting took place in Closemore Crescent, Extension 6, Malabar.

Five suspects approached three victims and one shot was fired. One suspect, aged 22 years-old, was arrested immediately after the incident,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that, no injuries were sustained during the incident.

However, while the investigators were still busy with the crime scene in Closemore Crescent, they spotted two suspects, who were on the police's wanted list for another attempted murder case that took place on Sunday.

“On Sunday at about 21:30, a 24 year-old victim was standing in Goliath Street, in Gelvandale, when the suspects, who were driving a vehicle started firing at the victim and his friend. The complainant was struck on his right leg while his friend did not sustain any injuries,” said Colonel Naidu.

She said that the two suspects, aged 22 and 24 years-old, were seen walking in Closemore Crescent, not far from the other crime scene, and with the assistance of the Port Elizabeth K9 Unit, they were arrested.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a 31-year-old man was arrested at his house in Extension 6, Malabar, for allegedly shooting at a group of people sitting in a yard again in Closemore Crescent.

It is alleged that on Monday, at about 16:00, two suspects shot at the group from the street and a 57 year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound in her right foot while a 17-year-old boy was shot in his right leg.

A case of attempted murder was opened and police are investigating.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Dawie Rabie stated, “The speed in which these arrests have been executed is applauded and we send out a warning to the criminals that we will not rest until those responsible for these callous shootings are arrested and are behind prison walls. We urge communities to work with the police and to report criminal elements that are instilling fear among the law abiding citizens.”