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A matriculant is among six people shot as gun violence plagues Ottery

19-year-old matriculant Tamika Solomons is the sixth person to be shot in Ottery in just six days. Picture: Facebook

19-year-old matriculant Tamika Solomons is the sixth person to be shot in Ottery in just six days. Picture: Facebook

Published Apr 19, 2022


FOUR people have died and two others were left injured in a space of five days as it rained bullets in Ottery.

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This follows the brutal murder of 26-year-old Monique Cottle, who died in a hail of bullets on Friday evening when unknown men opened fire into a group of people, killing two and injuring a 19-year-old.

Weekend Argus reported on the killing of Cottle just seven months after her four-year-old daughter Scarlett was struck by a stray bullet to the head and neck as her mother was putting her to sleep in September.

In an eerily similar manner, Cottle met her end when she was gunned down by a stray bullet at Radnor Court shortly after 8pm.

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The day before, police were called to a scene at the Hyper Mall where one person was shot and injured.

By Monday night, a 19-year-old Tamika Solomons, a matriculant at Fairmount High School, was shot and killed.

And on Tuesday morning, a 33-year-old man was shot and killed - bringing the tally of those killed to four and two injured.

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According to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, Solomons was shot and killed in Bethal Court, Ottery, on Monday evening.

Traut explained: “(At) around 9pm, a 19-year-old female was shot and killed in Bethal Court Ottery. The circumstances are currently under investigation.”

Traut said no arrests had yet been made and has urged any person with information regarding the incident to contact Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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On Tuesday, another police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg confirmed that a 33-year-old male was shot and killed shortly after 11am.

Monique Cottle was hit by stray bullets on Friday evening. Picture: Supplied

“The circumstances surrounding a shooting incident at about 11.20am in Strandfontein Road, where a 33-year-old male was shot and fatally wounded, are under investigation.

“Grassy Park police were called to the crime scene where they found the victim with gunshot wounds. The victim was declared deceased on the scene by medical personnel.”

Twigg said no arrests have been made.

“The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. The motive for the shooting is yet to be established,” he added.

Community members have called for gangs to stop in order to allow a mass iftar (breaking of fast) to be held without fear of violence.