On Heritage Day, September 24, after 10pm a man was shot at three times at Circle Court in Westbury, Johannesburg, and was rushed to hospital, where he is said to be in a stable condition, Warrant Officer Thomas de Bruyn confirmed.
The suspect is still at large.
“He shot the victim three times, of which two bullets hit him. One went through his upper left body near the arm and one on his leg. With the third bullet, we could not find where it hit him, and only two cartridges were found on the scene,” De Bruyn said.
“With the victim is still in hospital, he has stated that he would be able to identify his shooter,” he said.
When asked what measures were being taken, considering the daily crimes committed in the Westbury area, De Bruyn said: “So far we have increased police visibility, and we have a task team as well making sure they are working on all these cases tirelessly.”
The crime stats from Sophiatown SAPS show that attempted murder cases increased from 32 in 2015 to 35 in 2016. Murder cases increased from 16 in 2015 to 27 2016.
Below are some of the crime stats:
|Assault with intent to inflict body harm||415||507|
|Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition||26||34|
|Driving under influence of alcohol and drugs||404||549|
|All theft not mentioned elsewhere||1 038||1 089|
|Robbery at residential premises||110||84|
|Robbery at non-residential premises||57||64|
|Crime detected as a result of police||4||1|
|Malicious damage to property||451||485|
|Burglary at non-residential||692||680|
|Theft at/or from vehicle||357||330|
|Robbery with aggravating circumstances||457||649|
In 2o15, total numbers of crimes committed was 7 049 and in 2104, 6 257.
A case of attempted murder has been opened, and investigations are ongoing.
– Caxton News Service