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PE man who randomly shot dead four people on Sunday arrested

FEBRUARY 2, 2016
PE man who randomly shot dead four people on Sunday arrested

A Hawks-led multi-disciplinary Task Team on Tuesday morning arrested a 29-year-old man, who allegedly randomly opened fire and killed four people and critically injuring one, in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas on Sunday evening.

The Task Team involved detectives, Crime Intelligence and the Tactical Response Team (TRT) in the Eastern Cape. 

National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General, Mthandazo Ntlemeza, and the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in the Eastern Cape, Lieutenant General, Celiwe Binta, visited the scene of the crime and assured local residents that no stone will be left unturned in pursuit of the perpetrators.

The team pounced on the suspect at the Stanford Road off-ramp, along the N2 Highway in Gelvandale, while he was driving as a passenger in a vehicle on Tuesday morning.

Lieutenant General Ntlemeza praised the Task Team and said the efforts to restore order, peace and stability in the area.

He said the partnership between the Hawks and the Eastern Cape police will be provide remedy in the gang-related problems in the area.

His words were echoed by Lt General Binta, who said the police in the Province are committed to fight these heinous crimes and their manifestation with all the resources at their disposal.

“The Task Team worked tirelessly following up information which led to the arrest of the suspect and we are confident that more suspects will be arrested soon. The days of criminals terrorising our law-abiding citizens are over and we will ensure that our members keep criminals at bay at all time,” she said.