Police are investigating a shooting at a South African bar where 15 people were shot and killed. According to local authorities, 15 people were killed and 9 others were injured. The group of shooters responsible for the shooting opened up fire inside the bar when it was full of people, according to Gauteng province police commissioner Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela.
The primary investigation suggests that these people were enjoying themselves here, in a licensed tavern operating within the right hours,” Mawela said.
“All of a sudden they heard some gunshots, that is when people tried to run out of the tavern. We don’t have the full details at the moment of what is the motive, and why they were targeting these people.”
“You can see that a high caliber firearm was used and it was shooting randomly. You can see that every one of those people were struggling to get out of the tavern,” Mawela said.
Witnesses were unable to identify the shooters because the lighting in the bar was set pretty low, according to local witnesses. Police did say the shooters used rifles and a 9mm pistol.
“The team will be working around the clock to track down and bring to book those responsible for this shooting,” said Kwazulu-Natal police commissioner Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.