A shooting at a church on 5th Avenue in Zuurbekom, Randfontein, has led to what was believed to be a hostage situation, but has since been reported to be fighting between rival factions in the church.
Sources at the scene reported on Thursday morning that a task force had gone in. SAPS managed to rescue four from the building, reports say.
Early reports indicated that one person had been shot in the shoulder and two others hurt, reportedly while trying to flee.
All three have been hospitalised.
According to Shawn Herbst, Netcare 911 spokesperson, they received an emergency call at 8.00 this morning. “As our paramedics arrived on scene, they heard gunshots and were prevented from entering the crime scene. One man was shot. He and two other injured persons have been taken to a hospital, Randfontein Herald reported earlier today.
“According to witnesses, a rivalry between churches lead to the incident, but this has not yet been confirmed. Police are still on the scene and it is believed that there are still some people in the church,” Herbst said.
NOTE: This article was updated to reflect new information that this was not a hostage situation as originally reported. (4:46pm November 1)