Woman killed in suspected gang shooting
Two others injured in weekend attacks
A woman was killed and two other people were injured in separate gang related shootings over the weekend.
The latest shooting is an example of how gang violence, mostly sparked by a drug turf war, has spilled over into towns surrounding Nelson Mandela Bay.
A 29-year-old woman, identified as Candice Felix, was killed in the shooting in Slinger Street, Humansdorp,
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Slinger was shot in the back and ear at about 4:30am on Saturday.
Another five people were with her at the time and only one other sustained injuries.
"According to information [received by police], six people were sitting in a shack next to the main house when a person entered the yard and fired shots at the people inside the shack,” Naidu said.
During the shooting Felix was shot twice while another person was shot in both shoulders.
“The other four escaped injury," Naidu said.Naidu said the motive was believed to be drug related.
In May 2017, police said Port Elizabeth gangsters were moving to smaller towns across the Eastern Cape and Garden Route in a bid to expand their operations and recoup losses due to police clampdowns.
Police said they had seen progressive crime displacement since the beginning of 2017 as Port Elizabeth gangsters and gangs moved to smaller cities and towns including Knysna and George.
In an unrelated incident on Sunday, at about 4:10am, two people, sleeping in a caravan in Esterhiuizen Street in Arcadia, Bethelsdorp were attacked.
Naidu said two suspects approached the caravan and fired several shots through the window.
“A 50-year-old man was injured in both legs and taken to hospital while his 28-year-old girlfriend was not wounded in the shooting,” she said.
Asked about motive, Naidu said that that was unknown, however, it was thought to be linked to gangsterism.
Both weekend cases have been taken over by the Port Elizabeth-based Provincial Gang Investigation Unit.