After Cleary Park Shopping Centre Parking Lot Shooting
PORT ELIZABETH – Quick response from the Anti-Gang Unit and surrounding stations resulted in the speedy arrest of a 28-year-old male and the recovery of a .38 revolver which may possibly be linked to a murder in Gelvandale.
It is alleged that at about 12:00 police responded to a complaint of shooting in a parking lot at a shopping centre in Cleary Park. On arrival, the body of William Henry (39) was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head.
At about 12:08, AGU vehicles saturated the area in search of the suspects. A description of the suspects were given and they noticed a group of community members chasing a male on foot towards Harrington Street, Salt Lake. Members also chased after the suspect on foot. The suspect jumped over many fences however he was eventually apprehended in a school yard. No firearm was found on him. The 28-year-old suspect was detained for further questioning.
Also at about 12:10, AGU members’ recovered a .38 revolver in a yard in Barends Street in Salt Lake. It is alleged that the members were searching for the suspects when they spotted a male exiting a yard in Barends Street. He was searched and when nothing was a found on him, he was released. The members continued to search the yard where a . 38 special revolver was found hidden behind a cement block at the corner of the yard. The serial number was filed off.
The firearm will be sent to ballistics for analysis and detectives will be probing a possible link to the murder and the arrested suspect.
A case of murder is been investigated by SAPS Gelvandale detectives. Anyone who can assist police in their investigation is asked to contact SAPS Gelvandale on 041 402 2050 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or their nearest police station. All information is confidential and callers have the right to remain anonymous.
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