Cape Town -

A man appearing in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court was shot dead while leaving the court building.

The court’s senior security officer, Steven van der Vent, said that as 30-year-old Ismail Ettalla made his way out of the turnstyle gates a man entered and fired one shot at him.

Ettalla, wearing a red T-shirt and shorts, ran after the gunman towards Mitchells Plain police station where he collapsed on the pavement.

The dead man’s identity was confirmed by the regional justice head in the province, Hishaam Mohamed.

A security guard, who wished to remain anonymous, said the bullet had gone straight through Ettalla and lodged in a brick wall behind him, where the police later retrieved it.

Abe Isaacs, chairman of the Community Policing Form, said they were still trying to get information about what had happened.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed the incident and said Ettalla had been hit in the upper body. A murder docket has been opened.

No arrests have been made, but anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Munro Eksteen at 061 079 7009.

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Cape Argus