An alleged love triangle has left a 32-year-old man, his girlfriend and her companion dead in Ikageng, near Potchefstroom in the northwest.
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- A 32-year-old man has shot and killed his girlfriend’s partner after allegedly finding out she was having an affair.
- The man then drove away with the woman in her car.
- During a chase, the car came to a standstill and the man is said to have shot himself.
- The woman was also found dead in the car.
Ikageng, near Potchefstroom in the north-west, has been rocked by the deaths of three people in a violent killing spree believed to be linked to allegations of infidelity.
Police said the violence began Friday night when the 32-year-old man at the center of the violence was told his girlfriend was having an affair. His colleague, a 47-year-old man, told him about the allegation, officials said.
The friend turned violent and disarmed his colleague from his firearm before pointing the gun at him.
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Police spokeswoman Adele Myburgh said the angry boyfriend then instructed his colleague to call his girlfriend and ask her to meet her in Ikageng.
Shortly after the call, the woman arrived in a car, accompanied by a third man.
Myburgh said the gunman fired at the man who was sitting next to the woman.
Shortly after stopping, the suspect approached the vehicle and is said to have fired two shots at the man and removed him from the vehicle. He then instructed his colleague to get into the back of the vehicle and drove off.
Myburgh said the friend soon stopped at an intersection and instructed his colleague to get out of the car before driving off with his girlfriend.
The police were alerted and members of the Flying Squad gave chase towards Klerksdorp.
The officers shot the tires of the car after the gunman pointed the gun at them.
Then he stopped before shooting himself. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.
As police walked around the car, they found the body of the 31-year-old woman with head injuries inside the vehicle in the passenger seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene [paramedics].
Myburgh said it was unclear whether the woman was attacked or shot by her boyfriend and the investigation was still ongoing.
The man who was the first to be shot was also pronounced dead at the first crime scene.
Police told News24 that the identities of the victims would be released once their loved ones were notified of their deaths.
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