The community of Phoenix and Verulam are living in fear after a spate of shootings, one which included an off-duty police officer who was shot and severely injured.
The first shooting occurred in the Hazelmere area in Verulam.
It is alleged that Cnst SB Ndlovu from Phoenix SAPS was off duty and involved in a shooting incident where the officer was shot in the abdomen. The officer was conveyed to Umhlanga Hospital where he has undergone surgery and is currently receiving treatment.
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The body of an unknown man was also found at the shooting scene in Hazelmere.
This follows an incident on Friday after a case was reported to Verulam SAPS in which a 24-year-old victim was shot by a suspect known to him. The victim was taken to Osindisweni Hospital where he passed away on arrival.
Cpt TH Mbatha, together with members from the detective branch, began an immediate investigation into this case. They gathered information from the community which led to the arrest of the suspect the next day.
Cpt Henry Kisten, communications officer of Verulam SAPS, said, “Cpt Mbatha and his team were commended by the station commander, Brig Dludla, for acting so swiftly in arresting the suspect.”
Brig Dludla said, “Murder is a serious crime and we are relying on the community to give us information as to the perpetrators of this callous crime. Working together, the police and community can make great strides in creating a safer community,” he added.
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A service station at Industrial park in Phoenix served as the site of yet another recent shooting incident when an unknown man, about 25 years of age, ran into the service station with an open wound to his chest.
The victim allegedly told a witness at the garage parking that he was from the Ezimangweni area in Inanda before he collapsed and died at the scene.
Cpt Louise Naidoo, communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, said, “Firearms are a major contributor to violent crimes in our society. The community is encouraged to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.”
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