The pugnacious actions between two rival gangs led to a barrage of bullets being fired at each other, two gang affiliates arrested and two firearms recovered in Shauderville this morning.
The action unfolded at about 10:50 when it is alleged that three gang members in a blue Citi Golf drove in Gelvan Road in Shauderville and started firing at the four occupants of another gang seated in a white Suzuki vehicle. Three occupants in the Suzuki jumped out while the driver chased after the blue VW Golf.
Both vehicles were involved in a head on collision Roos Street.
There was an exchange of fire and all occupants alighted and ran in different directions.
The incident took place near the offices of the Anti-Gang Unit at the 10111 Centre. The members immediately reacted and as they exited the premises, two suspects ran towards them. Shots were fired at the police who retaliated. Two suspects aged 24 and 33 years sustained a gunshot wound in his shoulder and lower abdomen respectively. Both suspects were arrested. The third suspect fled.
A 9mm firearm was found in a yard nearby while NMB Crime Combatting Unit members recovered a .38 revolver in the VW Golf. The NMB CCU members who were at the time, driving in Searle Road towards the 10111 centre also reacted to the sound of gunfire and spotted the fleeing suspects. Ownership is yet to be established.
The suspects are detained on charges of attempted murder (Gelvan Road), attempted murder (shooting at police), illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. They are expected to appear in court soon.
Acting Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Col Paul Oranje applauded the excellent collaboration of the members, the successful apprehension of the suspects and the recovery of the firearms. ‘We will continue to stamp our authority on gangs and gang activities in the Northern areas. Our members will remain vigilant in their resolve to rid the area of illegal firearms and gangsterism,’ stated Col Oranje.