Cops have had their hands full with gang shootings. Photo: Supplied
Manenberg police are pleading with residents to come forward with information about illegal guns, skollies and drugs amid an ongoing gang war that has claimed several lives this month.

The bloody street battles have seen the Clever Kidz, Americans and Dixie Boys gang up on the Hard Livings following the robbery of a Clever Kid.

Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, says they’ve now launched a special operations room to collect intelligence and combat the surge in violence.

In the latest shootings, on Sunday shortly after 9pm, two members of the Americans gang were gunned down in Renoster Walk.

Joseph says the two men were standing at a house when they were approached by a group of unknown gunmen who opened fire, killing a 38-year-old man and wounding a 24-year-old man.

Shahiem Leonard, 22, killed on the staircase. Photo: Supplied

“The 38-year-old was shot several times in the chest and died on the scene and the 24-year-old male was hit in his legs and taken to hospital for treatment,” he says.

“The suspects fled the scene on foot, leaving spent cartridges scattered in the road. A case of murder and attempted murder has been opened for investigation. No arrests have been made.”

Shortly after 3am, shots rang out in Manenberg Avenue where Shahiem Leonard, 22, was killed while standing on a staircase in Corrie Court.

“He died on the scene, but at this stage a gang affiliation is not clear,” says Joseph.

Since the opening of the special ops room, Manenberg police, along with Metro Police and Law Enforcement, have managed to arrest four skollies found with illegal firearms.

Joseph says the success of extra patrols and crime- fighting strategies rely on information from the public.

“There have been four arrests which officers have executed after chasing people when shots are heard. We are fighting the surge in gang violence, but we need people to come forward with information on where the guns are,” he explains.

Cops attend to shooting a victim in Renoster Walk. Photo: Supplied

“If people really want the violence to stop, they must come forward with information, but we will continue to saturate the community with police.”

Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says in the first nine days of April, ShotSpotter detected 176 shooting incidents with a total of 505 rounds fired, and 90% of these were in Manenberg.

He says the City is now incorporating the use of CCTV footage to help identify shooters in areas where there is ShotSpotter.

This technology has led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man for the murder of father of two, Abdul Kader Stanton, 47.

Residents are urged to report all gang activity to Manenberg police on 021 699 9400.

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