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Foreign national arrested following early Wednesday morning shooting spree that left gang member dead

Jan 5, 2017
Foreign national arrested following early Wednesday morning shooting spree that left gang member dead

A 34-year-old Eritrean national is in police custody after he was arrested in Port Elizabeth for the alleged murder and attempted murders, which took place during the early hours of Wednesday.

"It is alleged that at about 02:00, four males were at a night club in Parliament Street, in Central, Port Elizabeth, when an argument erupted between them and some of the patrons," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The suspects then pulled out a firearm and started shooting in the club. Two people, ages unknown, at this stage were shot in the chest and leg respectively while the third victim was assaulted with the firearm.

"The suspects then left the club in a silver VW Polo."

The scene was attended by the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit and cases of attempted murder were opened.

"While police were still busy at the scene, they received information that the VW Polo was at a local hospital. Response was immediate and the vehicle was spotted near the Standford Road Bridge," said  Colonel Naidu.

"A 23-year-old male was found lying dead next to the vehicle. The deceased was later identified as Ghurcjen Fortuin, affiliated to the 'Kakmakers' gang.

"He sustained a gunshot wound to the side of the chest."

A case of murder is under investigation and the vehicle was confiscated for forensic testing.

"The owner of the vehicle was traced and detained on charges of murder and attempted murder.

"It is further alleged that on the same Wednesady morning, at about 04:00, the suspects were involved in another shooting at a tavern in Kleinskool, Bethlelsdorp, Port Elizabeth, where they allegedly fired shots at the house while the owner was asleep.

"The owner retaliated by firing back at the suspects. Police have linked the shooting incident in Bethelsdorp and Parliament Street," described Colonel Naidu.

Police are on the manhunt for two more suspects and are appealing to anyone, who can assist in the investigation to contact the Provincial Gang Investigation Commander, Lt Col Mike Grobler on 082 442 1825.

Any information supplied is strictly confidential and the caller has the choice to remain anonymous.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga, has commended the investigation team on the swift arrest of the suspect.

“The team has not rested since 2’o clock this morning and they are still busy with the investigation. We are appealing to the community to work with the police and to report these criminals so that they may be removed from society. We, the SAPS, are committed in ensuring that those responsible will be brought to book,” said Maj Gen Siganga.