Port Elizabeth police on Wednesday said officers were investigating a triple murder after four people were found lying in a field with gunshot wounds to their heads.
Eastern Cape provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga said he was appalled at the senseless shooting of four young adults, leaving three dead and one fighting for her life in hospital.
Ntshinga has ordered the implementation of a 72-hour activation plan, which involves crime intelligence, detectives, and other specialising policing units in tracking down the perpetrators.
“I want these barbaric criminals behind bars and all resources including Crime Intelligence, forensic experts, and seasoned detectives to ensure that no intelligence, evidence, and information that could ensure a successful arrest is lost. To this end, a dedicated team has been assigned to conduct this investigation,” said Ntshinga.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Walmer police were patrolling in Yoyo Street in Walmer location on Tuesday night when they saw four people lying in a field next to a gravel road.
Naidu said on closer observation, the members found that all four of them sustained gunshot wounds to their heads.
Two females and one male, Sinethemba Dumezweni, 23, from Walmer, were already dead while the fourth person, a woman was still alive when discovered.
Naidu said the identity of the women were unknown. She said the victims were shot execution style.
Naidu said the motive for the killings was yet to be established while police have ruled out robbery as a motive as their cellphones were found at the scene.
Police are appealing to the community to assist them in identifying the deceased persons.
The surviving female was wearing a black top, blue jeans, a red cap and grey New Balance takkies.
The second victim was wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black Converse takkies while the third victim was wearing a black top, blue jeans, and a pair of navy blue New Balance takkies. Anyone who can assist police with the investigation is asked to contact SAPS.
– African News Agency