Port Elizabeth – A hospital security guard is currently
receiving treatment at the Mercantile Hospital in Port Elizabeth, which he was
protecting, after being shot in the shoulder during a gang shooting in the
Port Elizabeth police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Alwyn
Labans, said the shooting took place at around 20:45 on Friday night.
Labans said six men travelling in a white Isuzu bakkie
stopped at a nearby Caltex garage after seeing a man believed to be a rival
gang member. He said the men gave chase and opened fire.
“The man, aged 23, fled towards the hospital and
sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the buttocks and upper legs,” he
Labans said the security guard, who was stationed at the
entrance to the hospital, was hit in the shoulder during the incident.
Both the guard and the man who was shot sought refuge
inside the hospital. The men who did the shooting then fled the scene in the
Labans said police had determined that at least 26 shots
had been fired.
He said the man who had been shot has subsequently been
moved to a different hospital for further treatment.
He said no arrests had been made but police were
following up on leads.
Labans said claims on social media that three armed men
had been hiding out in the hospital were nonsense.
“After the shooting police cordoned off the hospital
and searched the area for the suspects but there is nothing to indicate that
any of the armed men ever entered the hospital,” he said.
He said the incident was part of ongoing gang related
violence that has rocked the Northern Areas of Nelson Mandela Bay over the past
In a separate incident, Labans said a man was shot in his
arm in Helenvale later in the evening after being confronted by three men with
This shooting is also believed to be gang related.