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Chatsworth shooting victim in hospital, police still mum

The scene of an alleged drive-by shooting in Chatsworth, Durban, on Thursday night. Picture: Jehran Naidoo/Independent Media

The scene of an alleged drive-by shooting in Chatsworth, Durban, on Thursday night. Picture: Jehran Naidoo/Independent Media

Published May 16, 2022


Durban – The man who was shot last Thursday in an alleged drive-by shooting in Chatsworth, is in hospital after sustaining four bullet wounds, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous.

Police have been unable to comment on the matter since Friday morning because their “systems are down”.

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But evidence at the scene suggests that the suspects shot at the victim seven or eight times.

The yellow markings on the road were made by police on Thursday night to indicate where bullet casings were found. Picture: Jehran Naidoo/Independent Media.

Markings which the police used to circle bullet casings lying on the road after the shooting are still visible.

A further investigation into pictures of the white Toyota Hilux bakkie, which was found on the side of Chatsworth Main Road just after the Bayview offramp, shows the driver’s side window broken.

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There appear to be no bullet holes on the driver's side door or the passenger door behind it.

The white Toyota Hilux bakkie that the victim was shot in on Thursday night, just off Higginson Highway in Chatsworth. Picture: Jehran Naidoo/Independent Media

IOL was on scene soon after the shooting took place and found three cars parked on the side of the road near the traffic lights, facing in the direction of Umhlatuzana.

A white Toyota Etios was seen speeding off in the direction of Umhlatuzana. The car was believed to be carrying the victim to a medical facility.

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Around half an hour later, police arrived. About 20 residents from homes nearby were also at the scene.

The incident comes just two weeks after a drive-by shooting in Bayview area, where a 37-year-old man was shot dead in a car.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Nqobile Gwala said the victim was declared dead at the scene.

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Three other people were shot, all of whom were taken to hospital for treatment, Gwala said.

“It is alleged that on April 30, 2022, at 10.40pm at the intersection of Unity Avenue and Lenny Naidu Drive, four males were shot by unknown suspects while they were in a vehicle,” she said.