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Johannesburg - A man is on the run after fatally shooting his brother and wounding several others in an early morning brawl outside a Fourways nightclub.
The incident, in which the suspected gunman accidentally killed his own brother and critically injured two others, happened outside the notorious Tiger Tiger nightclub during the early hours on Sunday.
The shooting was preceded by a heated argument between two groups outside the club in the Fourways Mall parking lot.
The raging argument took a dangerous turn when members of one group began threatening the other with knives, forcing the unarmed group to retreat and seek help from the club’s security.
“Security from the club as well as security from the shopping mall ran down towards the mall’s entrance to help,” the club’s management said on Sunday.
But as security guards approached the group, they discovered that at least one man was equipped with a firearm. He opened fire on them.
While the club suggested that more than one person opened fire on the security team, police spokeswoman Captain Lydia Mtila-Dikolomela said only one man had been responsible for the shooting spree.
Shooting repeatedly at the security guards, the gunman’s bullets hit Tiger Tiger head of security Charles Ramazani in the abdomen. A second guard was hit in an ankle and a Fidelity shopping centre guard in an arm.
When the gunman’s brother tried to step in to defuse the situation and stop his brother from shooting, he was also shot, said Mtila-Dikolomela.
After the hail of gunfire, the shooter then fled the scene, leaving five injured men near the mall’s entrance, including his mortally wounded brother.
The gunman’s brother died later in hospital while two other men were in a critical condition.
“Apparently, he went crazy after shooting his brother… firing more shots,” said Mtila-Dikolomela.
Tiger Tiger management’s statement revealed that a witness at the scene had seen members of the armed group picking up gun casings before also fleeing the scene.
The management also insisted its security officers don’t carry firearms.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with Charles Ramazani, our head of security,” the statement read.
On Sunday night, police were still hunting for the suspected gunman. A case of murder and attempted murder has been opened.
The Tiger Tiger franchise, which has branches in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, has courted controversy several times over the past decade.
* Earlier this month, the assistant manager of the Pretoria branch, Carel de Jager, was stabbed by a patron. It’s understood a fight broke out inside the club and the bouncers moved the group involved to the parking lot. De Jager was stabbed numerous times with a broken bottle when he tried to intervene in the fight. He remained in intensive care for several days.
* August 2012: Several girls were carried out of the club during the Rage weekend after their drinks were believed to have been spiked. Most of the girls had no recollection of what had happened the previous night. The club denied liability at the time.
* In 2008, investigator Piet Byleveld and his team arrested 50 people involved with the Elite Security group that provided bouncers to the club. Some of these arrests had linked the bouncers to incidents of violence, drug dealing and protection rackets.
* In 2004, three Wits students were involved in a near-fatal assault outside the Rivonia branch after being attacked by bouncers. Bradley Silberman, then 22, had to undergo emergency brain surgery after the attack.