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Alleged Shooter found dead after Polokwane hospital shooting

Police have confirmed that the gunman responsible for a shooting spree at the Polokwane Hospital on Friday was found dead at the scene.

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The South African Police Service have opened an inquest and case of attempted murder after a shooting spree in the Polokwane Provincial Hospital in Limpopo.

No apparent motive for the Polokwane hospital shooting

The alleged shooter was reportedly transported from Venda to Polokwane hospital on Friday afternoon to receive treatment.

When he arrived at the hospital he produced a firearm which he allegedly discharged inside the ward. A 32-year-old nurse was hit several times.

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Some time after the initial shots, witnesses reported hearing a single shot. The 36-year-old businessman from Thohoyandou, was found lying in a pool of his own blood. The firearm was lying next to his body.

SAPS members attended the scene where the man was pronounced dead. A police spokesperson confirmed that a case of attempted murder and a death inquest have been opened.

“The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Polokwane are investigating an attempted murder and inquest cases which occurred in the Polokwane Provincial Hospital on Friday, the 23rd August 2019,” Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. 

“It was alleged that at about 5.30pm on Friday afternoon, a patient was transported by ambulance from Venda to Polokwane Provincial Hospital for medical treatment. On arrival at the hospital, ‘he took out a firearm and randomly fired shots within the ward’ according to hospital staff and other witnesses.'”

“During that process, a 32-year-old on-duty male nurse was shot at several times.

“Soon after that, another gunshot was heard and later, the patient was found on the floor of the ward in a pool of blood and the firearm lying next to his body.

“Police were notified and reacted swiftly to the scene of crime. The deceased was certified dead at the scene and the firearm used was confiscated.

“The preliminary police investigations have revealed that it is a licensed firearm belonging to the deceased.” 

“The man was identified as a businessman, aged 36, from Thohoyandou. The motive behind the incident was not clear at this stage, but the police investigation was ongoing,” Ngoepe said.

According to Limpopo MEC for health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, the patient had arrived with planned patient transport from another hospital for renal dialysis, when the incident took place.

A report from The Review Onlinenames the deceased shooter as Thizwilonde Mochatau from Thohoyandou.

Health spokesperson Neil Shikwambana confirmed that patients coming into the hospital are not usually searched for weapons.

”He’s stable, he’s OK. I was talking to the surgeons now they are busy with all other tests, ” Shikwambana updated SABC News on the nurse’s condition, “but unfortunately the patient took his life.

“When you look this is a patient who is being referred from our per referral hospitals.

“They come through our planned patient transport. When such vehicles come at the gate we usually do not search them, we are told its a legal gun. The police are busy with the work that they are doing.”