In Belhar, police on patrol arrested a 24-year-old alleged gang leader and confiscated his firearm after being fired at.

“In the shoot-out a 24-year-old suspect was shot in the leg and a firearm seized. The suspect was taken to hospital under police guard and is expected to appear in court soon,” Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said.

Later it was discovered a 14-year-old girl who was a bystander had been shot during the shoot-out.

Two arrests were made for illegal possession of a firearm on Friday and Saturday, when Lentegeur SAPS, with members from Traffic Services and Law Enforcement, set up a vehicle checkpoint and Strand police conducted crime prevention patrols in Broadlands Park.

“A blue Nissan LDV was stopped and the driver was seen hiding something under his seat,” said Rwexana. A search revealed a .38 Special Rossi with six live rounds of ammunition.

“The man was asked to produce his firearm licence. It was discovered that the competency certificate he possessed belonged to his deceased father.”

Rwexana said Strand police were tipped off by community members about a man in possession of a firearm without a licence and later discovered the firearm had been reported as stolen in Nyanga.

In Delft and Kleinvlei, three suspects aged between 27 and 46 were arrested for selling alcohol without a licence. A 55-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man was arrested in Manenberg area for illegal possession of drugs, a firearm, and ammunition.

Mayco member for safety and security Alderman JP Smithsaid metro police were tipped off about the shooter’s whereabouts in Rhone Walk. The officers went to the address in question and a search revealed a bag containing a chrome .45 pistol, 182 rounds of 45 live ammunition, a parcel of dagga, 15 bankies of tik and several mandrax tablets.

The items were hidden in a kennel, secured with a board nailed on the entrance.

Cape Argus