5 gunned down in Western Cape taxi shooting

5 gunned down in Western Cape taxi shooting

Police in the Western Cape are combing the scene of a shooting in Ceres which left five taxi operators dead.

Police crime scene

It's understood that three gunmen opened fire on a group people at a local rank.

Four of them died on the scene, while a fifth succumb to their injuries in hospital.

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Provincial Health Department spokesperson Deanna Bessick says EMS personnel who'd responded also came under attack.

"Two ambulances and a rescue vehicle was dispatched. SAPS officials were at the scene as well.

"Whilst treating the critically injured patient the EMS officials were shot at, fortunately none of them were harmed.

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"The area has been declared a temporary red zone area. All EMS vehicles will be escorted by SAPS."

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