A mass shooting at a licensed tavern in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, South Africa, has killed at least 15 people and left three others in critical condition late Saturday night, shortly after midnight. The gunmen had been armed with rifles and 9mm pistols when they entered the bar. The area where the shooting took place was very dark. The victims are believed to be between 19 and 35 years old.The number of cartridges found on the scene indicated it was a group of people who shot radomly. The injured have been taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
The police have opened investigations into 15 cases of murder and nine cases of attempted murder. The police are yet to determine details on the motive or why the people at the tavern were targeted. It is difficult to find witnesses who could identify the suspects.The suspects were still on the run. They fled the scene in a white minibus. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the relatives of victims. “As a nation, we cannot allow violent criminals to terrorise us in this way, regardless of where such incidents may occur.” In a separate incident, four people were shot dead by unknown gunmen at a tavern in Sweetwaters township in the coastal city of Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night.