8 people shot dead at birthday party mass shooting in S. Africa

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Xinhua News

30th January 2023 -(Johannesburg) South African police said Monday that a total of eight people were shot dead and three others were injured on Sunday by two unknown gunmen in Kwazakele in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape Province.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that between 5.15pm and 5.30pm on Sunday, the owner of a house in Kwazakele was hosting his birthday party with several guests, and the two gunmen entered the yard and started shooting randomly.

“Three females and four males were fatally injured while another four people, including two females and two males, sustained gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment,” said Priscilla Naidu, spokesperson for police in Eastern Cape Province.

One of the victims succumbed to the injuries in hospital, bringing the total number of deceased to eight, and the owner of the house was among the deceased, according to Naidu.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects while an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack is underway.

No arrests have been made at this stage, the spokesperson said, who notes that the identity of the deceased and injured are still to be established.