Three young Cape Town men have been shot dead in two separate killings in the past 24 hours.

At about 3.50pm on Thursday, Mitchells Plain police officers were called to a petrol station on the corner of AZ Berman Drive and Charlie Street in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain.

“Upon arrival they found the 27-year-old victim lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his neck and several gunshot wounds to his left leg,” police spokesman FC van Wyk said.

It appears the man had been chased before being shot several times, and that his killers fled on foot. “The victim died on the scene due to the extent of his injuries,” Van Wyk said.

About six hours later, police were called to Freedom Park, several kilometres away, also in Mitchells Plain, and found two dead youths lying in the street - metres apart from each other.

“Both victims (had) gunshot wounds to their heads,” Van Wyk said.

“The 17-year-old victim died on the scene due to the extent of his injuries and the 16-year-old was transported to hospital where he died due to the extent of his injuries.”

Police are investigating the murders.

Cape Argus