Police in Johannesburg’s Soweto area report that a mass shooting at a bar resulted in 15 fatalities and several serious injuries.
Police say they are looking into claims that a gang of males entered the bar in a minibus taxi just after midnight on Sunday and started shooting at some of the customers.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has received the injured.
Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela, the police commissioner for the Gauteng province, stated that the quantity of cartridges discovered at the scene suggests that several people fired shots inside the pub.
Mawela told The Associated Press that “the initial inquiry reveals that these people were enjoying themselves here, in a licenced tavern operating within the legal hours.”
People attempted to flee the tavern when they heard several gunshots all of a sudden. We don’t now have complete information on the motivation for the targeting of these individuals, the man stated.
“You can tell that a gun of a large calibre was employed, and it was firing at random. You can see that they were all making an effort to leave the tavern, Mawela told The Associated Press.
He claimed that because it was so dark where the incident occurred, it was more difficult to locate witnesses who could identify the suspects.
According to Col. Dimakatso Sello, a spokeswoman for the national police, rifles and a 9 mm pistol were used in the assault.
On Saturday night in the coastal city of Pietermaritzburg, four people were shot and killed in a pub in Sweetwaters settlement by unidentified assailants.
According to the police, two males went inside the bar and randomly started shooting at the customers, killing two of them there and two more who were later pronounced dead at the hospital. According to the police, a hospital is treating 8 additional patients. Police said the deceased were between the ages of 30 and 45, and they are looking into possible murder and attempted murder charges.
According to Kwazulu-Natal police commissioner Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, “the team will be working around the clock to seek down and bring to book those guilty for this shooting.”
The shootings at the bars occur two weeks after 21 youths were discovered dead in an East London pub. Authorities have not yet disclosed the cause of those deaths, but they have stated that neither gunfire nor a stampede killed the teenagers