Two suspects have been apprehended following the brutal shooting of three children and a teenager in Elsies River on Tuesday evening. According to reports, it is alleged that the suspects had forcibly made their way into Clarke Estate in the area, and began shooting at 11pm.
“Immediately after the gruesome murder of four people in Elsies River, Anti-Gang Unit members, with Elsies River crime prevention, police and crime intelligence, worked through the night and arrested two suspects aged 30 and 36,” South African Police Services (SAPS) Brigadier Novela Poletwa said in a statement.
“It is alleged that at 11pm, suspects forced their way into a residence in Northmead Court in Melton Road, Clarke Estate, and started shooting randomly. As a consequence, three children and a 19-year-old were killed instantly. The deceased children are 10 and two 12. Two women in their thirties, who are believed to be the mothers of the deceased children, sustained serious gunshot wounds. They are currently in hospital.”
SAPS, along with Anti-Gang Unit members, Elsies River Crime Prevention and other intelligence operatives began searching for the suspects. One suspect was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning, while another was found hours later.
“They are expected in court as soon as they are charged. The investigation is looking into all avenues, including the possibility that the incident is gang-related.”