Over 14 Dead in a Bar Shooting in South Africa's Johannesburg

The police said that three others were critically injured in the shooting in Johannesburg's Soweto township.

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A mass shooting was reported in South Africa's Johannesburg. The incident took place at a tavern in a township called Soweto on Sunday, 10 July.

The police told reporters there that at least 14 people were killed and three others were critically injured in the shooting.

Speaking to the media, Police Lieutenant Elias Mawela said, "We were called in the early hours of the morning, around 12:30 am, after the shooting that happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday."


According to a report by ABC News, a group of men arrived at the spot in a minibus and open fired on the people partying in a bar that night.

Based on the primary evidence and number of cartridges found at the crime scene, the Gauteng province police said that a high-calibre firearm was used in the shooting.

The police also said that they believe the shooting was random and there is no primary motive established as of now.

"All of a sudden they heard some gunshots, that is when people tried to run out of the tavern. We don’t have the full details at the moment of what is the motive, and why they were targeting these people," Lieutenant Mawela added, while briefing the press.

(With inputs from ABC News.)

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