Cape Town - A Hanover Park man was shot in the head at close range while he and colleagues were pushing a stalled vehicle they use to travel to work.

Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said the man, 26, died in Gideon Road in Mutual East, Hanover Park just after 8am on Wednesday.

“The victim sustained two gunshot wounds to his head and died at the crime scene.

“The victim and his colleagues were busy pushing the vehicle that they used to go to work with when an unknown gunman walked up to him and fired shots at him, wounding him fatally.

“The gunman fled the scene on foot and is still at large,” Van Wyk said.

He said the motive for the shooting was not known and it had not yet been established whether it was gang-related.

A murder docket has been opened.

Philippi Police Station commander Frankes De Vis said: “We will maintain a zero tolerance approach in the combating and investigation of crime. Strengthening the partnership between the community and the police is high on the agenda. The public is urged to come forward with information with regards to the killing.”

Hanover Park community policing forum chairman Cameron Weldon said: “There are rumours he was involved in a gang in Hanover Park.

“We classify it as a sporadic incident. We have had peace in the whole area since the start of the year.”

Anyone with information can contact, in confidence, officer Phelesile Ludada on 021 6901517 or 084 595 2460, Crime Stop on 0860 010111 or the SMS Crime Line 32211.

Cape Times