Police at the scene of a shooting incident outside Reddam House in Sea Point. Pete Mihalik, one of the Western Cape's top advocates, was gunned down while dropping his child at school. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - One of Cape Town's top criminal attorneys Pete Mihalik has been shot outside private primary school Reddam House on the Atlantic seaboard.

Janos Mihalik, Pete’s father, confirmed the news. He said he received a call from a relative in Pretoria informing him of the murder.

“It's a terrible tragedy. We don’t know the motive of this,” he said

Mihalik, who is an advocate, said although he had not seen his son for some time, the two were meant to meet later in the week.

He said he would often visit Pete’s teenage daughter after Pete's wife's death. 

Video: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Pete was shot in the head and fatally wounded in his vehicle by an unidentified suspect who fled in a metallic grey VW Polo.

Police spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana said the shooter went up to the car window and fired shots at the attorney who had parked his car outside the primary school. 

Rwexana said Pete’s eight-year-son also sustained serious injuries.

Pete Mihalik outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Cindy Waxa/African News Agency (ANA)

“Detectives of the Anti-Gang unit and SAPS crime scene expects are combing the scene for clues following a shooting incident that occurred on the corner of Cavalcade and Thornhill in Green Point this morning at around 07:35," she said.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and anyone with information is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” Rwexana said.

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