In what was believed to be a targeted attack, a family of nine were inside their home in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday 11 December 2019, when shots were fired through the windows, killing five family members, as well as a neighbour.  

Details of the shooting 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker confirmed that what appeared to be a targeted attack took place around 20:30 on Wednesday in an informal settlement in Mpumalanga. 

According to police reports, the family was watching television and suddenly heard gunshots at the window and the door. Five family members from the same family and a neighbour were fatally wounded and a three-year-old child was rushed to a nearby clinic. 

“Nine members of a family were at their home in Mpumalanga informal settlement when a series of gunshots were heard from the door and window. Five members and a neighbour were subsequently fatally wounded. A three-year-old child was also rushed to a nearby clinic.” said Naicker. 

The remaining members of the family were not wounded during the shooting.

9mm rounds found at scene

Naicker said a number of shotgun and 9mm rounds were found at the crime scene, and that Mpumalanga police are still conducting investigations to establish the possible motive behind the killings.

“The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. Police in Mpumalanga is conducting an investigation into what could have been a possible motive,” said Naicker. 

This is a developing story – please check back for more updates

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Presh JM Reporter

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