Five suspects wounded in Mams shootout

Warrant officer Welhemina Makola inspecting a vehicle used by eight suspects arrested by the police. Photo Stephen Selaluke.

Eight suspects were arrested after a shootout with police in Mamelodi East on Monday night.

Police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe said they recovered five handguns, ammunition and an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects range in age from 20 to 40.

“The incident happened in Mamelodi East’s Buffer Zone, near the railway line, when members of the flying squad were chasing about ten suspects driving in a white Toyota Quantum. They were firing shots at the police,” said Mbewe.

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The chase started when police tried to move the Toyota Quantum which was partially blocking the road. About seven suspects jumped into the vehicle and it sped off.

“Police gave chase and it is alleged that the suspects started firing shots at the police through the windows. Bystanders had to run for cover,” said Mbewe.

The chase continued until they reached Buffer Zone where police started returning fire.

The driver of the Quantum lost control of the vehicle and it crashed and stopped. Two suspects managed to escape, while five others were wounded and three surrendered unharmed.

Police seized five handguns, ammunition and cash at the scene.

Also read: Mamelodi residents shot with rubber bullets

Paramedics from Netcare911 attended the scene and treated those who sustained injuries from gunshots.

“One had moderate injuries and another one was in a more serious condition.” Said spokesperson Nick Dollman.

Mbewe said the suspects would be charged for attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and more charges could be added.

The suspects will soon appear before the Mamelodi magistrate court.

Police pleaded with the public for information that can lead to the arrest of the two suspects that are still at large.

The public is advised not to try to apprehend the suspects but call the police on 08600 10111.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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