Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that 27-year-old Sheik had been positively identified following the shooting. Zwane also confirmed that 24-year-old Sheree Branches had been identified as the victim. Both were declared dead at the scene.
Westville police said the shooting had taken place in the Sissy Boy store (shop no 221) at the centre at about 12pm. Branches’ Facebook page states that she had been an employee at the Sissy Boy store.
Sissy Boy store customer Khanyo Mabaso yesterday tweeted: “A man has shot his girlfriend and himself @ SissyBoy in Pavillion. We are part of the crime scene we can’t even go out the store”.
Pavilion management said the shooting had been related to a “domestic dispute that transpired between a male and female”.
“No shoppers were involved or hurt in the process,” the centre said in a statement. Westville police spokesperson Sergeant Stephen Clark said the shooter had produced a pistol, and fired at least two shots at the woman, before shooting himself.
“Forensics experts examined the scene, bodies and ballistic evidence. The firearm was seized to be further examined,” said Clark.
Commenting on the shooting on the centre’s Facebook page, Ronelle Naidoo said: “I know the girl’s mum. the boyfriend was a cop and shot his ex (girlfriend) twice. the (girlfriend) had broken up with him because of his possessiveness. He just couldnt accept.”
Police said trauma counselling had been offered to staff and customers at the centre following the shooting incident.