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One dead, gunman nabbed after shooting

A man died and three others were wounded following a suspected gang-related shooting outside a pub in Strand on Sunday.

The incident occurred outside the same pub, which fell prey to armed robbers last week. Two armed men pounced on a manager and an employee of the pub in Main Road on Sunday morning 24 June (“A spate of armed robberies”, DistrictMail, Thursday 28 June).

Strand police are investigating a case of murder and three cases of attempted murder following the most recent incident.

According to police, the shooting occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the four men believed to have been patrons of the pub were targeted by a gunman at 03:40.

The men had allegedly come from the pub and climbed into a white Volkswagen Polo when a gun wielding man opened fire at the vehicle wounding the occupants.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the face and arm, a 35-year-old man was wounded in the neck, and a 23-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, while a 27-year-old man was hit in the head.

The wounded men were transported to hospital.

Hospital spokespeople Laticia Pienaar, for Tygerberg Hospital, and Sithembiso Magubane, for Helderberg Hospital, confirmed patients matching such wounds were admitted on Sunday.

The 27-year-old, who was shot in the head, died in hospital on Tuesday.

The shooter allegedly fled the scene. It remains unclear whether he managed to escape on foot or by jumping into a getaway vehicle.

Nine 9 mm cartridges were found on the scene.

Police confirmed the wounded men are all from Strand and the shooting incident is believed to be gang-related.

A suspect, a 32-year-old man from Strand, was arrested in connection with the incident, after one of the victims had positively identified the shooter. He appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 3 July on a charge of murder and three charges of attempted murder. The case was postponed until Wednesday 11 July for a formal bail application.

DistrictMail managed to make contact with the manager of the pub, who was assaulted and sustained a serious injury when one of the robbers hit him over the head with his firearm during the robbery the previous Sunday.

He said, despite some pain and discomfort, he is recovering, and he recalled he was at work when he heard several shots being fired while cashing up, despite the pub already having closed.

“I immediately alerted security and pushed the panic button,” the manager said.

He confirmed that both he and the employee who fell victim to the armed robbers were back at work this week.

The manager, who has been with the pub for a number of years, could not confirm whether the business had been targeted by armed robbers before.

He said the occurrence of both incidents – although the shooting occurred in the road interferes with business as it impacts on the safety of staff and customers. “Safety measures are being increased,” he said.

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