Mass shooting near tavern claims lives of two people in Bethlehem

Police in Free State are investigating the murder of two men who were gunned down near a tavern in the early hours of Monday morning.

The shooting happened at Bohlokong village near Bethlehem.

According to police, four people were shot in the streets near a tavern. Two victims of the shooting died on the spot while a third man sustained gunshot wounds.

Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring said the four men were shot by three unknown suspects who allegedly opened fire without saying anything.

“Between midnight and 4.30am on Monday, a security guard arrived at the police station to report that a body of a person in his 30s was laying in the middle of the road in Bohlokong,” said Mophiring.

The police responded and identified the man as a known person in the area. He sustained three gunshot wounds.

“It was later discovered that the deceased wasn’t walking alone, but was with a friend who was also found dead on another street. He had no visible injuries on his body as inspected on the crime scene.

“It’s alleged that after the shooting of his friend by the suspects, the man gave chase. No one knows what happened to him.

“An inquest [docket] has been opened to determine the cause of his death and a case of murder is being investigated.”

The third victim, aged 31, was discharged from the hospital and has opened a case of attempted murder.

He alleged that he was walking back home from the tavern when he met a friend. Two people approached and one of them started shooting at them.

He informed the police that he fell on the ground and was rescued by the owner of the tavern who rushed him to the hospital.

“The fourth victim, aged 47, has been admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds in the abdomen. He was allegedly shot in the same street in Bohlokong by the alleged suspects.”

The police said they have not established the motive behind the shooting, however, they are investigation.


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