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JOHANNESBURG – A mass shooting at a tavern in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg, killed 14 people and left three more in critical condition, according to police.

Police say they are investigating reports that a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and opened fire on some of the patrons at the bar late Saturday night. On Sunday morning, police removed the bodies of the deceased and investigated what led to the mass shooting.

The three seriously injured and another injured person were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Police officers during a protest in Soweto, South Africa, June 20, 2022. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko
(REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko)

The number of cartridges found at the scene indicated that it was a group of people who shot at the patrons, said Gauteng Province Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.

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“The primary investigation suggests these people were having fun here, in a licensed tavern that operated at the right hours,” Mawela told The Associated Press.

“Suddenly they heard gunshots, which is when people tried to escape from the tavern. At the moment we don’t have all the details on what the reason is and why they were targeting these people,” he said.

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“You can see that a high caliber firearm was used and it fired randomly. You can see that each of those people was struggling to get out of the tavern,” Mawela told The Associated Press.

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The shooting in the Soweto bar comes two weeks after 21 teenagers were found dead in a tavern in the city of East London. The cause of those deaths has not yet been announced by authorities, but the boys have not been killed or crushed in a stampede, officials said.

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