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Vanderbijlpark drive-by shooting: police arrest two suspects

Two of the four suspects that shot up a vehicle in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday were arrested minutes after the incident. The suspects fled the scene on foot before being caught.


Photo: SAPS

The police in Gauteng arrested two suspects that were allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting in Vanderbijlpark on Wednesday, 29 September. The suspects reportedly fled the scene of the shooting on foot before they were cornered by members of the local police station.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said that the police were notified about a shooting incident in progress at approximately 11:48 on Wednesday.

“Members of the Vanderbijlpark SAPS Task Team responded and found that the driver of the white Mercedes Benz was shot on the upper body and his passenger was not injured,” said Masondo.

According to the police, four suspects in a blue Mazda 6 approached the victim’s vehicle from the opposite direction and opened fire.

The suspects fled the scene on foot and the police set after them. Two of the four suspects were seen running in Vanderbijlpark, which is where SAPS members “tactically stopped them.” Two firearms were found in their possession and the suspects – aged 25 and 27 – were arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms.

“I am pleased by the swift reaction by the officers that effected the arrests minutes after the incident,” said Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear before the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court imminently. The motive for the shooting is under investigation and the firearms seized from the suspects will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory to determine if they were used in any other crimes.