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News: Two suspects in shooting spree arrested, hunt for remaining suspects continue


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

GQEBERHA -  While Nelson Mandela Bay District  Commissioner, Maj Gen Vuyisile Ncata lauded the swift arrest of two suspects who allegedly went on a shooting spree last night in Gelvandale, he lashed out on criminals who have the audacity to challenge police officers executing their duties by shooting at them.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, 24 January at about 18:35 SAPS Gelvandale attended to a complaint of a shooting in Beaton Street in Gelvandale where two women aged  38  and 53-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the arm and  wrist respectively.  A 30-year-old male was found dead in a yard with multiple gunshots. He was later identified as Ashraf Nordien.

While still busy at the scene, shots could be heard in Tobias Street which is next to Beaton Street.  Two males, ages unknown, each sustained a gunshot wound in the hip.

It is further alleged that a white Chev Optra was involved in the shootings. While police were searching for the vehicle, they spotted the vehicle in Borchards Street where there was a shootout between police and the suspects.  When the vehicle stopped in Numan Street, three suspects got out and ran away. Two suspects were found in the car - one with a gunshot wound to his leg while the other sustained multiple stab wounds. Three firearms were also recovered.

The suspects, ages unknown were taken to hospital for treatment.

The following charges are being investigated against the alleged gang suspects:


Attempted murder x 4

Attempted murder x 2

Illegal possession of firearms

Illegal possession of ammunition.

Additional charges may be added as the investigation unfolds.

Maj Gen Ncata has warned that the police will not be deterred by criminals who attack our police officers. ‘An attack on a police officer, undermines the integrity of the State and we will be working around the clock to secure the arrest of the outstanding suspects. The SAPS’s vision is to prevent anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community therefore, we are not the enemy and we urge the communities to work with us to rid their areas of illegal firearms, drugs and gang related crime. In the last 10 days, a total of 24 firearms, 342 rounds of ammunition and 8 replica firearms were recovered within the metro. This emanates from our concerted efforts and proactive approach towards the perpetrators of crime,’ added Maj Gen Ncata.


Colonel Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726


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