- Tragedy struck in Melville, Johannesburg when a drive-by shooting claimed the lives of two women
- Six other citizens were also injured and a police manhunt has ensued to hunt down those responsible
- A witness to the chaotic scene says the shots had simply sounded like fireworks while the rest of the nation celebrated the new year
Just moments after midnight a restaurant in Melville was hit by a drive-by shooting resulting in the death of two women.
eNCA reports that a BMW SUV had approached the restaurant and let loose at the building, killing the victims and injuring six others.
Condemning the incident, Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela urged police to leave no stone unturned in the manhunt to find those responsible.
News24 spoke to a paramedic who witnessed the aftermath of the scene, revealing that the victims had been found on the pavement outside the popular venue.
A car guard who worked nearby claims that he initially mistook the shots for firecrackers:
"[F]rom a fight it went to a gunshot, to people losing their lives. I thought it was a cracker; and then I thought no, that is no cracker because I started seeing people falling down, people screaming, running around. Then I saw a car passing by fast."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the owner of Poppy's had issued the following statement, announcing that it will remain closed until police have concluded investigations:
"Poppy's management and staff are deeply saddened by this heart-rending incident and send their deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased."
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