Thabiso Goba
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31 Jul 2022

Seven killed in tuckshop mass shooting in Durban

Thabiso Goba

Six people died on the spot while the seventh person was seriously wounded and later died in hospital.

Seven people died following a mass shooting at a Durban tuckshop.

Police are on the hunt for the gunmen responsible for a massive shooting that left seven people dead in Savannah Park, Durban on Saturday night.

Brigadier Jay Naicker, Kwazulu-Natal Police spokesperson, said at around 7:30pm a group of unknown gunmen opened fire at a crowd of people waiting outside a tuckshop.

In the aftermath of the shooting, six people aged between 30 and 65 died on the spot while one further person was seriously wounded and taken to hospital for further care, said Naicker.

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On Sunday morning, Naicker said the seventh person had succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

“Initial investigations revealed that three of the deceased were the tuckshop owner as well as his two sons and one of the deceased’s who was waiting at the tuckshop to see a traditional healer, might have been the actual target of the hit,” said Naicker.

Luitenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, KZN Police Commissioner, said mass shootings showed the need for strict gun control in the country.

“This incident once again demonstrates our concern that firearms are contributing to the high levels of crime in the province and we are advocating for stricter regulations regarding the management of legal firearms as many of them end up being used by criminals. We will do everything within our control to bring these killers to book,” he said.