Concerted efforts to effectively fight the proliferation and usage of illegal firearms in the Uitenhage Cluster paid off on Monday, 13 January 2020, when alert members from the South African Police Service in Kamesh apprehended a 20 year old male suspect in Acacia Avenue, Rosedale, after allegedly firing several shots at and injuring a 20 year old Rosedale man.
It is alleged that the complainant was standing in front of his residence in Kamesh Road, Rosedale at about 20:00, when two armed persons approached him. The one suspect then suddenly produced a firearm and started shooting at the complainant.
The 20 year old man managed to take cover behind a wall, and the suspect continued to fire shots at the victim. The victim was wounded in his left calf as he was running towards the house. Alert members on patrol in the vicinity heard the shots being fired and immediately responded to the area where they successfully apprehended the alleged shooter, as he was running down Kamesh Road.
It was later established that the second armed suspect also allegedly ran from the scene and disappeared between the houses.
The suspect was arrested within minutes after the shooting incident and the firearm and ammunition that was still in his possession was confiscated. The 9mm firearm, of which the serial number was scratched off, will be sent for ballistic testing.
The search for the outstanding suspect is continuing. The man is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 on charges ranging from attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. More charges might be added as investigations are unfolding.
The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll condemned the shooting incident said: “The South African Police Service will not tolerate these senseless acts in which people’s lives were endangered”. Brig Koll praised the police officers who acted promptly and commended them in removing yet another illegal firearm from the streets.
The injured complainant was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The SAPS wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime. Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime by contacting Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211. The MySAPS app is also available for South African citizens to download onto their smartphones from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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