Police deployed to Ocean View following gang violence

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Police have reinforced deployments in the Ocean View area following the incidents of shooting, public violence, attacks and damage to properties in what appears to be gang-related conflict. 

On Saturday afternoon, three suspects shot and killed a 25-year-old man and injured his brother. A statement released by police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa read, “Later in the evening a large group of men apparently responding to the shooting incident torched two vehicles at 19:00 close to the shooting scene.

“The group is alleged to have also pursued another man who had to jump from the window of his home while fleeing his attackers. An informal dwelling place was also damaged during the attacks.”

Potelwa also stated that a 23-year-old suspect who was a part of the group was arrested after he was caught with a homemade firearm (zip gun) and ammunition.

Two people are being questioned by detectives in connection with the shooting, while a 19-year-old has been arrested for one of the two vehicles that were set alight, continued the brigadier.

“Ocean View detectives are probing murder, attempted murder as well as malicious damage to property cases.

“Anti-Gang Unit members, Tactical Response Team members, Public Order Police and additional detectives are deployed in the area to monitor flare-ups and trace suspects.”

Potelwa finally stated that at the moment, the area is “relatively quiet… as police continue to keep a watchful eye on the situation.”