GQEBERHA – Immediate response for backup by SAPS Kamesh detectives resulted in the swift arrest of two suspects, the seizure of a revolver and ammunition after three people were shot dead and three others injured in a shooting incident last night, 29 October 2021 in Rosedale in Kamesh.

In the first incident, it is alleged at about 20:20,a rival gang were at the corners of Hawfinch and Seagull Streets in Rosedale when another gang approached them. The group then dispersed except for one person. The suspect started shooting and everyone scattered in different directions. Jayden Stalmeester (18) was found in Sanger Street with a gunshot wound in his buttocks. He was taken to hospital by private transport where he later passed away. A case of murder was opened for investigation.

Also at about 23:30, it is further alleged that the suspect returned to Hawfinch and Seagull Streets in Rosedale. As Dylan Booysen (28) was walking near the suspect, he was shot in his chest and mouth. He passed away on the scene.

When, at the same time, an innocent resident came out of his house after hearing the gunshots and enquired from the suspect what was happening, he too, was fatally wounded. Nicklyn Ferreira (29) was shot multiple times. Three more victims, aged between 20 and 26 were also wounded as they were standing outside a nearby tavern. They were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

While detectives were busy at the scene, more gunshots could be heard in the next street. Immediately backup was requested and with the assistance of the Anti-Gang Unit, SAPS Kariega and Gqeberha K9 Units, SAPS Despatch and SAPS Kamesh detectives, the hunt for the suspect began. On approaching Acacia Street, a group of males were standing in the street. As soon as they spotted the police, one person started running. He was immediately apprehended and a .38 special silver revolver and ammunition was confiscated. An 18-year-old teenager is detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Additional charges may be added if he is positively linked to the shooting incidents.

A second suspect was arrested shortly afterwards after the team followed up on information at a house in Seagull Street. The suspect was arrested while trying to evade arrest. At this stage, he is detained on two charges of murder and three charges of attempted murder. Detectives are probing a possible link to the murder of Jayden Stalmeester.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Kariega Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 02 November 2021 on their respective charges.

Source: South African Police Service

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