Gunmen opened fire on a group of people who appeared to be celebrating a birthday party in South Africa earlier on today. The police said that 8 people instantly died while three others were left wounded.
The birthday celebrant is one of the 8 who died instantly in the mass shooting in Gqeberha, the former Port Elizabeth.
“The owner of the house was celebrating his birthday when two unknown gunmen entered the yard” on Sunday evening “and started shooting at the guests,” police said in a statement.
Preliminary findings revealed that the gunmen shot at the victims randomly. The motive behind the attack is still unknown.
The provincial police chief for the Eastern Cape province, Nomthetheleli Mene condemned the shootings. He referred to them as a complete disregard for human life. The police immediately launched an investigation into the attack and revealed that a manhunt for the shooters is ongoing.
In South Africa, a country with one of the highest murder rates globally, shootings are a common thing. This is usually fueled by gang violence and alcohol.
In 2022 alone, South Africa saw a string of shootings that left almost two dozen people dead at separate bars. This happened in working class suburbs in Johannesburg and in the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg.
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