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The shooter and accomplices immediately fled the scene and drove onto the R102 heading towards Pennington.

The mid-South Coast community was taken by surprise with two recent shootings last weekend, one being fatal.

Liam Fernandez (28), of Sezela was the victim of the first shooting at a Park Rynie petrol station last Friday night (19th).

According to police, he was involved in an altercation with occupants of another vehicle, at about 10.45pm that evening.

Things took a turn for the worse when a heated argument resulted in one of the occupants wielding a firearm which he used to shoot Fernandez multiple times near the entrance of the petrol station shop.

The shooter and accomplices immediately fled the scene and drove onto the R102 heading towards Pennington.

Law enforcement gave chase, but the perpetrators evaded them.

Police at the scene of the crime discovered that Fernandez had already succumbed to his injuries.

His body was removed and taken to the Park Rynie Medico Legal Mortuary.

Fernandez was a well known person in the mid-South Coast community and worked at the Illovo sugar mill. His sudden death has stunned family and friends who have since created the “Justice for Liam Fernandez” Facebook group in hopes that their pleads are heard and justice eventually gets served.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting must contact Detective Sergeant Mondli Shinga of Scottburgh Detective Service at 039 9781900 or make anonymous reports via Crime Stop at 086 0010111.

The following day, Saturday (20th), the second shooting occurred involving an Umzinto resident (35).

A man was in the process of driving out of his property when an unknown man approached him seeking employment.

The resident responded to the man while still in his vehicle and informed him that there was no work for him there.

Upon hearing this, the unknown man drew a firearm and shot at the resident through the opened driver’s side window before fleeing on foot.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

The man was rushed to hospital where he was treated and is in stable condition.

The public is asked to contact acting branch commander, Detective Warrant Officer Steyn Moonsamy of Umzinto Detective Service at 039 9746500 should it have information pertaining this case.


Article written by: Vanisha Moodley

Photo credit: News24


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