Arcadia man injured as alleged gangsters open fire outside house

A 37-year-old man was shot in the back in Arcadia on Wednesday evening
A 37-year-old man was shot in the back in Arcadia on Wednesday evening

A 37-year-old man was shot and injured outside a house in Niekerk Street, in Arcadia on Wednesday evening.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the man was at a friend’s house watching a movie at about 8.15pm when he decided to go home.

“As he exited the yard, he noticed two unknown men approaching him. One had a firearm and fired several shots at him. He sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back,” she said.

Naidu said the injured man had no gang affiliation, but added that the  gunmen were possibly gangsters.

  • In another incident at about 9pm, police arrested two men after finding a stolen firearm inside their spaza shop in Ingwe Street, Motherwell.

The firearm was reported stolen in Port Alfred during October 2018.

“Upon searching the shop, a .38 revolver with three rounds of ammunition was found hidden in a clothing basket inside the shop,” police spokesperson Captain André Beetge said. 

Both men - aged 31 and 46 - were arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. 

Both suspects will appear before the Motherwell magistrate's court on Friday.

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