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Kamesh gang-related shooting rampage leaves three dead, three injured

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Oct 30, 2021

The police in the Eastern Cape arrested two suspects are several shooting incidents in Rosedale, Kamesh left three people dead and three injured on Friday night, 29 October. Jayden Staalmeester, 18, Dylan Booysen, 28, and Nicklyn Ferreira, 29, were shot and killed.

BLOODY NIGHT IN KAMESH LEAVES THREE DEAD

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the first shooting incident took place at the corners of Hawfinch and Seagull Streets in Rosedale at 20:20.

“It is alleged a rival gang [were standing on the corner] when another gang approached them. The group then dispersed except for one person,” said Naidu.

The lone suspect started shooting and everybody at the scene scattered in different directions.

“Jayden Staalmeester, 18, was found in Sanger Street with a gunshot wound in his buttocks,” said the police spokesperson. Staalmeester was rushed to hospital by a private vehicle but unfortunately, he later succumbed to his injuries. A murder case has been opened for investigation.

Three hours later, at 23:30, the suspected shooter returned to Hawfinch and Seagull Streets. According to the police, 28-year-old Dylan Booysen walked near the suspect who in turn shot him in the chest and mouth. He died at the scene.

Nicklyn Ferreira, 29, an innocent resident, went outside to investigate after hearing the gunshots. He reportedly asked the suspect what was happening and the suspect shot him multiple times.

Three more people – aged between 20 and 26 – were shot and wounded. They were standing outside a nearby tavern. The trio was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

HUNT FOR SUSPECTS

Naidu said that while SAPS Kamesh detectives were busy at the scene in Hawfinch and Seagull Streets, more gunshots could be heard in the adjacent street.

The detectives called for backup and several units, including the Anti-Gang Unit, SAPS Kariega and Gqeberha K9 Unit, responded. After the police reinforcements arrived, the hunt for the suspects began.

“On approaching Acacia Street, a group of males were standing in the street. As soon as they spotted the police, one person started running,” said the police spokesperson.

The 18-year-old suspect was apprehended and a .38 special silver revolver with ammunition was found in his possession. The teenager was detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and may face further charges if he is linked to the shootings.

The second suspect was arrested shortly after. The team received information that the suspect may be at a house in Seagull Street. He was arrested while attempting to evade the police.

The second suspect is being detained on two charges of murder and three charges of attempted murder. The Kamesh detectives are looking into whether he could be linked to the murder of Staalmeester.

The trio of arrested suspects is expected to appear before the Kariega Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 2 November.

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