By Krishnee Naidoo

The Pilgrim Informal Settlement in Isipingo has been spotlighted as a killing field, after four people were shot dead and four others sustained serious injuries on Nogin Road on Thursday afternoon.

Police, Alpha Alarms and emergency services on scene at the Pilgrim Informal Settlement in Isipingo

ER24 spokesperson, Annine Siddall said, “Four people were killed and one person is in a critical condition after a shooting took place in Nogin Road in Isipingo at approximately 4:20pm on Thursday afternoon. The four men, believed to be between the ages of 25-35, were killed in what was believed to be a drug related shooting in the area. Four more patients sustained serious to moderate injuries during the shooting. ER24 transported three of the four patients to the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital for further medical care. The patient who is in a critical condition and one other patient were transported to hospital by other emergency services on scene. Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.”

Police spokesperson, Cpt N Gwala, said, “We can confirm that four people were shot and killed and five others were wounded. Four counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder were opened at Isipingo for further investigation. No arrests have been made and the motive for the killings is unknown.”

Speaking to the Southern Star, spokesman for local security company Alpha Alarms, Seshin Govender said, “The Alpha Alarms Control Room received calls regarding the shooting and the Alpha Response Units were immediately dispatched to the scene. Bullet riddled bodies were covered and scattered and residents from the settlement gathered at a distance watching the scene unfold. Residents told Alpha members that they are fed up with the high crime in the area as they are constantly faced with outbreaks of violence. They said they fear for the safety of their children.”

Last week, three men, two believed to be security officers, were shot dead in a dwelling in the same vicinity (Southern Star, 5 June 2017).