Two shot dead in hail of bullets

The 9mm Taurus gun confiscated after a shooting in Grassy Park.

Two men were shot dead in separate incidents, in Lavender Hill and Grassy Park last week.

In the first gang-related incident on Thursday September 8, at about 6.30pm, Steenberg police responded to a shooting in Rifstone Road, Lavender Hill.

On arrival they found Andrew Richard Arendse, 32, lying dead on his stomach. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Six cartridges and one projectile were found on the scene. A case of murder is being investigated. No one has been arrested and police ask that anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information relating to the incident call Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop at 0860 010 111.

Also on Thursday September 8, at about 8.15pm, Grassy Park police responded to a shooting in Seventh Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found the body of a 26-year-old man from Retreat in the street.

He was found with gunshot wounds to the head and side. Several cartridges were found on the scene in the road.

At the same time Italian Neighbourhood Watch members were busy with patrols in the area, when they spotted two men acting suspiciously in the same vicinity where the shooting took place.

The two men started running when they were spotted and the neighbourhood watch gave chase.

The neighbourhood watch members saw one of the men throwing something into a yard in Janari Road.

They caught the two men and retrieved a gun from the yard.

The suspects, aged 18 and 29, were handed over to the police along with the gun. They were arrested and face charges relating to murder and the illegal possession of a firearm.

Station Commander Colonel Shawn Van Wyk thanked the Italian Neighbourhood Watch for a job well done and for their contribution in the fight against crime.

“Grassy Park Police will continue working around the clock to apprehend criminals and bring them to book. We will maintain a zero tolerance approach against criminals and will focus on crime heavily dependent on police action and presence,” said Colonel Van wyk.

Anyone with information on crime can call the police at 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.