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South Africa: One killed, eight injured in shooting at theatre

27 October 2017

One person was killed and eight others were wounded on 27 August 2017 when a gunman opened fire into the audience of a concert in Johannesburg.

One person was killed and eight others were wounded on 27 August 2017 when a gunman opened fire into the audience of a concert at the Hillbrow Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, reported Music in Africa.

Freemuse is deeply saddened by the attack and offers its condolences to all those affected.

The gunman, who is being prosecuted, was apprehended and later charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

“Things are somehow back in order even though this incident has created fear among our patrons,” Hillbrow Theatre director Gerard Bester told The North Eastern Tribune on 21 September 2017. “We are now trying to find a balance between moving on and to be still. We are also trying to reflect on what has happened to reignite our theatre.”

Bester added that the theatre had to shut down for two weeks, which came as a “huge loss” to their operation, and has increased security at the venue, while also consulting police on a routine basis to prevent such incidents in the future.

According to witnesses, the gunman took to the stage, stopped the concert and threatened that the concert would not continue until his mobile phone, which he claimed was stolen at the venue, was returned. The man opened fire when concertgoers attempted to intervene, reported South African news source News24. The gunman then fled the theatre and was arrested later after an unsuccessful armed robbery attempt at a local shopping centre.

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