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Gangsters arrested in Humewood shooting remanded in custody

Oct 18, 2017
Gangsters arrested in Humewood shooting remanded in custody

Two suspected Vampires Gang members appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after they were arrested in Bethelsdorp by the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit on Sunday following the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man from a rival gang and  the attempted murder of two other victims.

"The two suspects , Jeremy Stokes (30 years old) and Cheslan Jordaan (23 years old) appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on a charge of murder and two charges of attempted murder," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The case was remanded to the 24th of October. They remain in police custody." 

It is alleged that on Sunday, at about 02:30, a group of males were parked in front of McDonalds in Beach Road, Humewood, and were standing in front of their vehicle drinking. 

"Two unknown males walked passed them and one of them asked one of the victim’s why he was looking at him like that," described Col Naidu.

"The males then left and returned with about 10 other males and an argument between the two groups broke out."

She said that the argument emanated into a physical brawl and an unknown person started firing shots.

"Two people were shot in the fracas. One female, an innocent bystander aged 16-year-old, was shot in the head.

"Another person was assaulted with a beer bottle and another shot in the chest and arm. All injured persons were taken to hospital," added Col Naidu. 

27-year-old Mervin Draghoener, from the G-Stars gang, succumbed to his injuries in hospital while the other victim was treated and discharged.

"The teenager is still in ICU in hospital."

The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brig Keith Meyer has commended the members of the unit for their persistence and dedication.

"We will not allow these criminals to cause mayhem in our metro and we will hunt them down and ensure that they face the full brunt of the law.  We are committed in ensuring that the people of Port Elizabeth live in safer communities where no fear and violence prevail," added Brig Meyer.