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Atlantis mass shooting: Eight struck in broad daylight ambush

29 April 2021 - 14:18

At least eight people were struck in a broad daylight mass shooting in Atlantis, Western Cape, today.

Written by Andile Sicetsha

Reports have surfaced about a mass shooting in Atlantis, Western Cape, on Thursday, where at least eight victims were struck.

Atlantis mass shooting: What we know

Details are still sketchy at this time but according to renowned reporter Athi Mthongana, emergency services were rushed to the crime-ridden town after multiple victims were struck by gunfire.

The victims — believed to be aged between 13 and 32 — were standing outside a spaza shop when suddenly, a hail of bullets was sent their way.

Police have yet to confirm this but it’s said that an unidentified male was seen drawing his weapon and shooting in the direction of the spaza shop before he ran off. At this time, it is unclear if the suspect made it off on foot or in a getaway vehicle.

Latest updates on the victims

Emergency services were quickly rushed onto the scene and all eight victims were sent to a nearby hospital for urgent treatment. From what we understand — with the little bits of information available at this time — at least five of the victims were treated for minor injuries and were released a while later.

Three victims, however, have been kept in the hospital’s intensive care unit and are being monitored as they, unfortunately, suffered serious gunshot wounds.

At this time, it is unclear if this tally includes the youngsters aged 13 and above.

No further updates have come from this story and despite our unrelenting attempts to get comment from police in Atlantis, no updates were provided at the time this article was published.

This is a developing story.

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