Criminal attorney Pete Mihalik. File picture: Noor Samdien/African News Agency/ ANA

Cape Town - Two suspects have been charged with murder over the brazen assassination of defence lawyer Pete Mihalik, police said on Wednesday afternoon.

Mihalik, 50, was shot in the head while dropping his children off at their private school Reddam House in Green Point on Tuesday morning. 

A single bullet hole could be seen through the window of the driver's side of his Mercedes-Benz, but neighbours reported hearing two gunshots.

The suspect was then seen "fleeing the scene in a metallic grey [Volkswagen] VW Polo".

Mihalik's eight-year-old son was wounded in the attack and rushed to hospital.

The men, aged 26 and 31, also face attempted murder charges over the attack on Mihalik's son, police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said in a statement.

"The duo are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on November 1," she further added. 

Mihalik also has a 16-year-old daughter. His wife, who suffered from depression, committed suicide three years ago.

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