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Three Somalis shot dead in Cape

Storyline:National News

Three Somali men were shot dead and another wounded by a lone gunman who went on a shooting spree near a popular shopping area in Mitchells Plain on Wednesday.
Witnesses, however, said five people were shot, three of whom died.
The shooter, also a Somali, was arrested on Wednesday night.
A spokesman from the Somali Association of South Africa said the shooting was “an isolated incident” and not linked to sectarian fighting among Somalis living in the area.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said they had received a call about a shooting at Town Centre in Eastridge on Wednesday evening.
When they arrived they found that four men had been shot. The body of a man, aged 40, was found riddled with bullets.
The other three victims were rushed to hospital, but two died overnight.
Witnesses said the shooting started around 5.30pm when a “bearded man” barged into a cellphone shop. They said he was “intent” on shooting one of the customers inside.
When another customer tried to help, he was shot in the leg. The gunman then turned his weapon on his alleged target who was shot in the neck.
Witnesses said the shooter then rushed from the store towards an informal restaurant frequented by Somalis. There he was confronted by a group of three men at a table outside. C ustomers said he opened fire on them, wounding them. Two of the men died in hospital overnight.
Police said he fled on foot. Witnesses told the Cape Argus the shooter was chased by an angry crowd. He shot at them until he ran out of ammunition. The witnesses said the crowd, mainly Somalis, then handed him over to the police who arrested him.
Van Wyk said the suspect would appear at the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday facing charges of murder, attempted murder and the unlicensed possession of a firearm and ammunition.