Massive manhunt launched for gunmen who killed six people in Umlazi

KwaZulu-Natal police have launched a massive manhunt for at least four armed men who are suspected to be behind a mass shooting which left six people dead and one critically injured at Q Section, Umlazi on Friday night.

Police spokesperson Col Robert Netshiunda said information on Saturday morning suggested two people were shot inside the house, one in a backroom and the fourth victim who was next to an outside toilet.

“He was also found with burn wounds,” added Netshiunda.

The same suspects reportedly proceeded to an informal settlement, just a few metres away from the first scene and shot three people inside a shack.

Two were certified dead at the scene and the other was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that one of the suspects, who was leading the other three, demanded his identity document from the victims before shooting them.

“It is believed that he was implicated and is wanted by police for another murder in which he allegedly dropped his identity document accidentally, and reports indicate that he believed that one of the deceased was in possession of his identity document,” added Netshiunda.

Netshiunda further noted that three of the suspects have been identified and a 72-hour mobilization of maximum resources has been activated in search of the suspects.

“Police are appealing to anyone who might have information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects to contact the police, or call our Crime Stop number 0860 010 111, or alert the police via the MySAPS app,” he added.

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