Community Members Gather Following South Africa Tavern Shooting

At least fifteen people were killed, and nine others injured, when gunmen opened fire on a tavern in Orlando, South Africa, in the early hours of July 10, local media reported.

Police spokesperson Dimakatso Sello told The Times, “On Sunday at about 00:30, a group of men armed with rifles and 9mm pistols entered the tavern and started shooting randomly.”

“23 people were shot, 12 of whom were declared dead on the scene, while 11 were rushed to a nearby hospital.”

A local policeman at the scene said no arrests had been made and the motive for the shooting was unclear.

This footage was published by local journalist Kalden Ongmu. Credit: Kalden Ongmu via Storyful

Video Transcript

- Came in and shot randomly so, using the high-caliber firearm and the pistol. As to what is the motive for this shooting, it is unknown for us this far, but we have assembled a good team of detective who is going to work tirelessly to try to assist us in terms of-- assist us in terms of establishing the motive and identifying the suspect. And we also call upon the communities around here. Let them work with us as the police give us information in their disposal so that we can crack this case.

- So, so far, what you're saying is those people, the person or persons, have not been arrested?

- Not yet arrested.