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Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy

7 May 2022

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy that has claimed two lives took place inside of New Somerset Hospital.  
 

We are shocked and heartbroken following a fatal shooting tragedy that has claimed two lives inside the New Somerset Hospital. 

The immediate available facts are that a person, who was ready for discharge, obtained a firearm during an altercation with a police officer who was guarding another patient. 

Circumstances are unknown currently on how he managed to obtain a firearm but are currently being investigated  This incident has however resulted in the fatal injuring of two of our patients and the police officer being critically wounded. 

The perpetrator has been contained and the situation is now under control. 

SAPS officials are on scene investigating the situation and we expect additional details to come to light. We will keep the public informed as we learn more. 

Premier Alan Winde visited the hospital this evening to get an update personally and to speak to our staff. 

Our most sincere condolences go to the families that have lost a relative during this horrific incident, while the necessary authorities are contacting them. 

This is a painful moment for us all, and we expect a full investigation to determine all the facts.