Two men were killed, and another left critically injured following a shooting on Xavier Road in Ormonde, south of Johannesburg. The incident occurred at the M1 Bridge, a popular commuter route in the city.
M1 Bridge shooting: What we know so far
Reports first came in after 13:30 that there had been gunshots fired. Emergency teams arriving on the scene found that a silver vehicle had been riddled with bullets. Two people were found dead in the car, with a third receiving life-saving treatment in hospital. Sadly, nothing could be done to revive the deceased.
The circumstances behind these killings remain unestablished. There was no trace of the perpetrators by the time the alarm was raised on the M1 Bridge, but some unverified reports have claimed that this bloody incident was triggered by a gangland dispute. Police remain on the scene to carry out their preliminary investigations:
Bullets fly on Johannesburg highway
ER24, the first responders who arrived at Xavier Road, issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“At approximately 13h30 ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the local authorities already in attendance. A light motor vehicle was found parked in the middle of the road riddled with numerous bullet holes. On closer inspection, medics found two men in the front of the vehicle while a third man was found seated in the rear of the vehicle.”
“Medics assessed the men and found that the two in front had sustained numerous gunshot wounds and showed no signs of life while the man in the rear was in a critical condition. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the two men, and they were declared dead.”
“The third man was carefully extricated from the vehicle, treated for his injuries, and provided with advanced life support interventions. After treatment, the man was transported to a nearby hospital for further care. The details surrounding this incident are not yet known, but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.”
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) December 2, 2020