Gangland Port Elizabeth: Four victims shot in less than a week
Gang violence claimed two people in Booysens Park, Port Elizabeth, over the weekend - bringing the count to four victims in less than a week.
Port Elizabeth police said one man was shot in the surburb, in a suspected gang-related shooting, while the other man is believed to have died following an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and a policeman.
The policeman, who lives in the area, became involved after hearing the gunshots in the early hours of Saturday morning.
According to the police, the policeman came across a group of men standing around a man who was lying in Steenbras Street and witnessed one of the men fire several shots at the man on the ground.
The policeman then fired several shots in the direction of the suspects and called for back-up. When police arrived, they found the man, who had been shot by the suspects, already dead and a few metres from him - another man, believed to be one of the suspects, also dead from gunshot wounds.
Three other suspects fled on foot in an unknown white vehicle.
Police are investigating.
Last Monday, Port Elizabeth police said they were investigating a case of attempted murder following the shooting of a 26-year old woman in Dinsmore Street, Schauderville.
According to the police, the woman was in a bedroom when she was hit by several stray bullets on Monday morning in her chest and left arm. The shots came from outside the house.
She was taken to Livingstone Hospital.
The day before, on Sunday afternoon, a young girl was wounded in another suspected gang-related shooting over the weekend.
According to police, the incident happened in Leigh Street, when the 10-year old was caught in crossfire. She was also hit in the chest, but is still alive.
Police say that the suspects then proceeded to a house in Deveral road, where they fired multiple shots.
Police were investigating.
Over the weekend, mourners also bade farewell to Damian van Rooyen, 10, who was caught in the cross-fire of a suspected gang shooting in Gelvandale two Saturdays ago.
The alleged shooter, who was arrested in possession of an illegal firearm, claimed he was about to be robbed by men armed with knives and fired in self-defence.
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