A car guard is in critical condition at Helen Joseph Hospital following a shooting Wednesday morning at the Poppy’s restaurant in Melville, Johannesburg.
Two women were killed in the incident and six people, including car guard Lerato Molefe, 27, were injured when people were fired outside the restaurant on the corner of Tweed Avenue and Seventh Street.
Lerato’s brother, Thabang Molefe, 26, was at the scene on Wednesday when a bullet hit his brother in the head.
SAPS earlier said in a statement:
Provincial commissioner statement
Brig Mathapelo Peters, the Gauteng police spokesman, said they were still looking for the shooters.
Poppy’s restaurant will be closed until further notice after a shooting on Wednesday morning at about 1 am.
Twitter users revealed more information on the incident
A third person has died following the shooting outside Poppy’s Restaurant in Melville JHB.— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) January 1, 2020
Witnesses of the #MelvilleShooting say an altercation broke out between #NewYears revellers. The suspected shooter left before returning to the restaurant and opening fire from a vehicle. At least two people have died and six others have been transported to hospital. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/ebe0XIebE7— Jamaine Krige (@jour_maine) January 1, 2020
In another shooting incident in the early hours of the morning, another 11 people were injured on Wednesday. Police say in a statement shots were fired at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, at about 3 p.m.
Four men were seriously injured and taken to hospital by ambulance.
According to the statement, the GDP area in the square was believed to be the target of the shooter, the shots were fired from the bridge on the M2 South.