POTCHEFSTROOM – Police in Wolmaransstad launched a manhunt after a local tavern was allegedly robbed in the early hours of this morning by five unknown suspects. During the incident; three people (all males) were shot at and two of them aged between 30 and 35, passed away on the scene. A third victim, who is the owner of the business, aged 50, was admitted to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.
According to information available at this stage, five suspects were playing pool in the tavern and just after midnight proceeded to close the premises main gate. They robbed the tavern owner after shooting him and took his firearm and an undisclosed amount of cash. The wife of the owner was hit with a bottle during the ordeal. She was released from hospital shortly after being admitted.
Two more victims were allegedly assaulted by bystanders after the suspects fled the scene on foot as they were suspected to be part of the robbers. They were assaulted by the angry mob and their vehicle, parked outside the tavern, was damaged. Both victims were admitted at a local hospital and discharged after receiving treatment.
The police request anybody who may have information that can assist in the investigation to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Captain Sello Mochwaiwa on 082 416 3608. Alternatively, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop can be called on 08600 10111. Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via MySAPS App.
Source: South African Police Service