Cape Town - A man was shot dead and four people were seriously injured in Belhar yesterday evening after gunmen drove into Matroosberg Street and started shooting wildly at bystanders.

The attack came at about 7pm, when a car with four men raced into the street. Three men leapt out and opened fire.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said police have not yet confirmed whether the incident was gang-related.

“Four unidentified men in a silver VW Golf or Polo with unknown registration number stopped in Matroosberg Street, Belhar,” Van Wyk said.

“Three of them jumped out of the motor vehicle and randomly started shooting at the bystanders in the front garden of 25 Matroosberg Street.”

After the shooting, the three gunmen jumped back into the car and it raced off, leaving shocked residents to deal with the aftermath. Belhar police launched a hunt for the gunmen.

A 30-year-old man, who lived at the address, died at the scene.

A woman, 48, a 25-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl who also live in the same house, were badly wounded.

Another man, aged 29, from Maartlelie Street in Rosendal, Delft, was also wounded, Van Wyk said.

He declined to name the victims.

“All the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The incident occurred in the yard of 25 Matroosberg Street, Extension 13, Belhar.

“A murder and attempted murder case was opened for investigation. No arrests have been made as yet.

“The circumstances surrounding the incidents are being investigated, and the motive is yet to be established. Therefore it is not possible to speculate on gang violence at this stage,” said Van Wyk.

Cape Argus