At least 18 people died in TWO mass shootings at bars in South Africa when gunmen burst in and sprayed bullets at drinkers
At least 18 people have died in two mass shootings at bars in South Africa.
A group of gunmen opened fire “randomly” after entering a nightclub in Soweto, Johannesburg shortly after midnight.
At least 14 people died in the shooting and 10 others were injured, including three who were fighting for their lives.
Teenagers were among the casualties.
The attackers fled in a white Toyota Quantum minibus.
Terrifying video has been posted online showing the bodies of revelers on the floor.
Police Commissioner Gauteng Elias Mawela said: “Initial investigations showed that people were enjoying themselves in the pub.
“They point in and shoot at them randomly.”
Mawela added: “Suddenly they heard some gunshots, that’s when people were trying to run out of the pub.
“At the moment, we don’t have full details on what the motives are and why they’re targeting these people.
“You can see that a large gun was used and it is firing randomly.
“You can see that every single one of those people is struggling to get out of the pub.”
Detectives are at the scene.
Mawela said the horrific shooting happened at about 12:30 this morning.
“Unfortunately, 12 people died at the scene and another died on arrival,” police said.
“Day 14” [victim] also died after being hospitalized.
“The number of shell casings found at the scene indicates that it was a group of people who shot at patrons.”
His detectives said the casualties ranged in age from 19 to 35, according to ENCA.
Four people were also killed in a shooting at a Pietermaritzburg pub in KwaZulu-Natal last night.
Eight others were taken to hospital.
Two armed men in a VW Polo stormed the pub around 8:30 p.m. before opening fire.
It is understood that no arrests have been made in the two shootings.
The double horror comes just two weeks after 21 people died in a “poisoning” incident at a club in another South African city.
Bodies were found “strewn across tables and chairs” after the tragedy occurred as students celebrated the end of their exams.
‘There were no injuries on the body’, discovered in the Enyobeni pub in the east London coastal city.
Initial reports suggest the deaths may have been due to stampedes.
However, this suggestion was quickly rejected by Unathi Binqose, an official with the safety and community department in the Eastern Cape.
“It’s hard to believe it was a stampede because there were no visible open wounds to the dead,” he said.
“Parents whose children don’t sleep at home are gathering here and they want to go to the pub to find their loved one.”
The youngest victim was a 13-year-old girl.
Forensic pathologists have yet to conclude their report.
However, it is believed that the teenagers were killed by something they inhaled or ingested.