Police are probing whether the recent fatal shooting of an Umkomaas businessman was a hit or a random criminal act.

The businessman was struck by about seven bullets. Swift action by detectives from Umkomaas led to the apprehension of two suspects.

One of the suspects who allegedly shot at police officers when he was cornered sustained three gunshot wounds after detectives returned fire.

The suspect and his accomplice appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court this week. They have been charged for murder. The suspect who allegedly shot at police has also been charged for attempted murder. Both men are in custody.