Orkney shooting: Three killed, six bystanders wounded at petrol station

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The police in Orkney were on Tuesday investigating three counts of murder and six of attempted murder following a shooting at the Engen garage.

Captain Sam Tselanyane, police spokesperson said the shooting took place around 7pm on Monday at the garage on the corner of Shakespeare and Flecker Roads in Orkney.

“Members of the Community Service Centre (CSC) on duty heard gunshots not far from the police station and moments thereafter, a man who was profusely bleeding entered the CSC armed with a pistol.”

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Tselanyane said the victim told members that he was apparently shot at the Engen garage.

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The police immediately proceeded to the scene and upon arrival, they were told that a White Ford Ranger with about three occupants entered the garage and stopped next to the Toyota Fortuner with four occupants that were parked near the exit route.

“Moreover, the suspects allegedly fired shots towards the Fortuner as well as randomly and that ultimately resulted in fatally wounding three of the occupants while the fourth victim managed to flee.”

Tselanyane said five bystanders were also injured in the process.

“All the injured were subsequently transported to a local hospital.”

According to Tselanyane the motive for the attack is currently unknown.

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“Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased were members of long-distance taxi association operating between North West and Eastern Cape Provinces.

“No one has been arrested as yet and an investigation into the matter continues.”

Major General Dintletse Molefe, the Acting Provincial Commissioner of North West, on Tuesday condemned the incident.

She instructed the District Commissioner to invoke the 72-hour action plan to trace and apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime.


Police urge anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Paul Ompie of the Provincial Organised Crime Unit on 076 529 5025.

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Alternatively, Crime Stop can be contacted on 08600 10111 and anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via MYSAPS Application. All information received will be treated with confidentiality and informers may opt to remain anonymous.

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