South African tavern shooting
PRETORIA, South Africa — South African tavern shooting, 14 dead and 9 injured, after unknown gunmen opened fire at a tavern in Soweto, South Africa.
Police said they are investigating reports that a group of men arrived in a minibus and began shooting customers at the bar late Saturday night.
Colonel Demakatsu Silo of the South African police said a group of men armed with rifles and 9mm pistols entered the bar and began firing indiscriminately at customers who were sitting inside.
Silo said 23 people were shot dead and 12 of them were declared dead at the scene.
Silo said 11 others were taken to a nearby hospital, where two more people were later announced to have died.
Police opened 14 murder cases and nine attempted murders.
Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Muela told The Associated Press that the number of cartridges found at the scene indicated that a group of people shot the shepherds.
“Initial investigation indicates that these people were having fun here, in a licensed bar operating within the appropriate hours,” Mawela told The Associated Press.
“Suddenly they heard some gunshots, and that’s when people tried to escape from the pub.
“We don’t have full details at the moment about the motive and why they were targeting these people,” he added.
“You can see that a heavy caliber firearm was used and it was shooting randomly.
You could see that every single one of these people was struggling to get out of the bar.
The Soweto bar shooting comes two weeks after 21 teenagers were found dead in an East London bar.
Authorities have not yet announced the cause of those deaths, but the teens were neither shot nor crushed in a stampede, according to officials.