Three young people were executed in cold blood while a fourth is fighting for her life in hospital in what police believe to be yet more targeted hits in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Gunshots rang out in Walmer Township just as loadshedding hit the area at 10pm on Tuesday, with the victims found near Walmer Primary School in an open field.
Police on patrol spotted the bodies lying in the field, between Community Road and Yoyo Street, near a gravel road and train tracks.
All four victims – three women and a man – were found face down on the field with single gunshot wounds to the backs of their heads.
They had all been shot at close range, but one survived.
Two of the dead have been identified as Sinethemba Dumezweni, 23, and Sisipho Pongolo, 34, from Walmer Township.
The third victim – a female – is still unidentified.
The sole survivor, aged 15 – who was also shot in the head – is in a critical condition.
Police officials on the scene said she was unconscious when found and appeared to have been left for dead.
One official said it appeared she had tried to interlock her fingers behind her head before she was shot.
She was put on life support by paramedics and rushed to hospital.
This brings the number of suspected hit-related murders in the Bay since late January to at least 20.
The latest murders took place about 150m from Yoyo Street, where residents on Wednesday were oblivious to the killings.
Several residents living near to the murder scene