University Student Killed, Another Injured in Johannesburg Shooting Incident

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A shooting incident in Johannesburg resulted in the death of a university student and serious injuries to another. The students were caught in crossfire while passing the scene on a bus. No arrests have been made yet, and the motive behind the shooting remains unknown. Witnesses described scenes of chaos and expressed shock at the incident, while police investigations continue.

According to police, a university student lost their life and another sustained serious injuries from stray bullets during a shooting incident where gunmen killed two men in a parked car on a bustling street close to the center of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The students were struck when their bus passed by the shooting scene. As of now, no arrests have been made. Despite the high incidence of gun-related fatalities in South Africa, witnesses to these daylight killings expressed shock at the incident.

Police spokesperson Col Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi informed the BBC that both men in the vehicle and one student were pronounced dead, while the other student was transported to the nearest hospital for medical treatment, describing the events of Thursday afternoon.

According to a police statement, the students were caught in "crossfire."

Images circulating on social media depict a man's body protruding from a car window, while another shows what appears to be someone receiving treatment at the scene on a main road in Braamfontein, a district near several university campuses.

The University of Johannesburg confirmed that both affected students were enrolled at their institution. The undergraduate who tragically lost his life was 18 years old and was on his way to his residence when the incident occurred, the university stated. Counseling services have been offered to witnesses of the shooting.

Wits University, situated in close proximity to the incident, speculated that the violence could be linked to taxi-related disputes.

Police declined to provide further details, stating that investigations were ongoing, as reported to the BBC.

A witness recounted to local broadcaster eNCA that she observed a gunman fleeing in a white getaway car.

Johannesburg city police spokesperson Xolani Fihla mentioned that the motive behind the shooting remains unknown.

A student interviewed by eNCA described hearing multiple gunshots, followed by a scene of chaos. "It was a really traumatic experience. It is really scary because it could have happened to anyone," she said.

Another witness stated that she had previously witnessed instances of violence in the area.

Police and forensic investigators are currently at the scene.

According to police crime statistics, between July and September of last year, an average of 34 people were fatally shot every day in South Africa.