Shootings rock Bellville

Constables Conwill Lawrence and Liesl Simmers with the illegal weapons.

Police are investigating two separate shootings which took place in Bellville over the past two weeks, during which three men were shot.

The first shooting took place on Friday November 17, involving a man, 59, who was shot twice. The shooting took place on the corner of Bill Bezuidenhout Drive and Strand Street. Constables Conwill Lawrence and Liesl Simmers chased down one suspect, after receiving information from the public and arrested a man, 28, for being in possession of an assault rifle and ammunition.

Bellville police spokeswoman, Warrant Officer Henrietta van Niekerk, said another suspect fled the scene.

The injured man was taken to a hospital for treatment. Bellville police are investigating a case of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. In the other shooting, provincial SAPS spokesman, Captain FC Van Wyk said, that a man, 38, was shot and another man, 29, was also injured at Bellville taxi rank on Friday November 24, at 3pm.

“According to reports traffic officers were busy with operations in Voortrekker Road when they tried to pull over a taxi driver. The taxi driver gave chase and ended up at Bellville taxi rank, followed by the two traffic vehicles.

“A crowd of people stormed toward the traffic officers. Shots were fired from the crowd, fatally wounding one person and injuring another,” he said.

A murder and an attempted murder case are being investigated.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Shaun Jansen, on 082 811 1223 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.