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Dawn gang shootout

Cape Town - A man was killed in a gang battle in Ottery on Thursday morning, and one other person was injured and taken to hospital.

The man was shot dead in a running gun battle early this morning, said Philip Bam, spokesman for the area’s community policing forum (CPF).

A man was shot in Ottery sparking a flare up of violence. Scores of police combed the area lookign for weapons and suspects. Photo: Thomas Holder. Credit: INLSA

“At least one other person was injured and he is currently in Victoria Hospital,” he added.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said one person had been arrested, and a case of murder and attempted murder had been opened.

The shootings occurred at about 5am, on the border between two gang turfs. The areas are divided by a canal, dubbed the “battle river” by residents.

By mid-morning, police had cordoned off sections of the street in the area as they gathered evidence.

Residents in the two areas alleged that police were protecting gangsters.

Asked about the allegations of corruption against Grassy Park police, Van Wyk said: “We want people to place these allegations on the record so that they can be investigated. If there are corrupt officers among us, they must be rooted out.

The station commissioner at Grassy Park’s door is open... If the matter needs independent investigation, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate will take the matter further.”

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