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Tavern owner killed

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - A man was arrested on Monday morning after a tavern owner was shot and killed in Zondi, Soweto, Gauteng police said.

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An elderly farmer from Mpumalanga is recovering in hospital after he was attacked and shot three times on his farm. File photo.

The man, 25, and his three accomplices went to a house in the area. They forced the door open, Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said.

“The tavern owner woke up to check what was happening after hearing the noise. They shot him,” said Makhubele.

The 58-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Police found two empty cartridges at the scene and a bullet of a 9mm firearm.

While at the scene, police heard gun shots coming from White City. They called for backup and went to the area.

Makhubele said a shootout ensued between four men and police. Robbers abandoned goods they allegedly stole from another house. No one was hurt in the shootout.

One man was arrested and three were still at large. Police linked them to the attempted robbery and the murder of the tavern owner.

The arrested man would appear in court soon on charges of murder, armed robbery and attempted robbery. - Sapa

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