Three wounded in unrelated attacks in Port Elizabeth

Attempted murder dockets have been opened after three men were wounded in two unrelated shootings in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

The first incident happened at 2am on Sunday when a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting in Arcadia.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the man was walking home with friends in Hoffman Street.

“A blue [VW] Polo approached them while they were walking in the street. According to witnesses, the occupants of the car randomly shot at them. The men managed to escape. However, the 21-year-old was shot in the leg,” she said.

“The motive is unknown and at this stage it is not believed to be gang-related.”

Janse van Rensburg said the injured man was being treated in hospital.

In another incident in a Booysen Park tavern at about 9pm on Sunday, two men were wounded during an altercation over a counterfeit R100 note.

“A man had gone to a tavern to buy beer which he intended to take somewhere else. [A] 36-year-old woman behind the counter noted that the man was attempting to pay with a counterfeit note. An argument ensued and the [woman’s] 36-year-old husband and 26-year-old brother-in-law went to assist,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“The argument turned violent and a scuffle ensued. A man with a firearm then entered the tavern and started shooting.”

Both the 36-year-old and the 26-year-old man were wounded.

“One was shot in the leg and the other in the arm. The two suspects then fled with their counterfeit note,” Janse van Rensburg said.

Three cases of attempted murder are being investigated.

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