Four men shot dead in South Africa

CAPE TOWN (South Africa), Feb 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Four men aged between 30 to 64 were shot dead and another was injured Saturday at Mitchells Plain near Cape Town, said South African police.

“The victims were shot and killed at close range while a 37-year-old male victim escaped the attack with a gunshot wound,” said Western Cape police spokesman Andre Traut.

“It is alleged that unknown suspects opened fire at the group of five and fled the scene on foot. The suspects are yet to be arrested and police are making an appeal to the community to approach us with information,” he said.

The cause of the shooting was not clear at this stage.

On Friday in the area, a 13-year-old boy was killed in a shooting, in which three other children – 14, 16 and 18 – were wounded on the corners of Cadillac and Riley Streets in Beacon Valley.

The Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, said it was reported that the occupants of a white vehicle opened fire on the children. The motivation for the attack is yet to be established.

Police had activated a 72-hour special task force to investigate the shooting.

“I welcome SAPS’ swift response to this tragic shooting. Children should not grow up in fear of being shot, or of violence,” he said in a statement.

In a separate matter, police were called to another scene, on the corner of Cadillac and Austin Streets in Beacon Valley, where an 18-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds to his neck.