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Ongoing violence in Kreefgat near Bishop Lavis has resulted in an early morning shootout between police and gangsters on Thursday.

Dozens of cops could be seen taking cover on a bridge as they returned the skollie’s gunfire.

Tyres and vehicles were set alight after residents say a man close to the alleged leader of the Josters gang was gunned down in the area on Wednesday afternoon.

Rival gangs from Kreefgat and Valhalla Park have been at war for over two weeks with shootings taking place on a daily basis.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, confirmed the murder.

“At around 12pm, a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in Almond Street, Netreg by an unknown suspect who is yet to be arrested,” Traut said.

Roads leading into the area were blocked by burning cars on Thursday.

Just after 6am, two people were shot in Valhalla Park in a drive-by shooting, believed to be in retaliation of Wednesday’s shooting.

“At around 6.30am one male person was shot and killed and another one wounded on the corners of Agnes and Edmund streets, Valhalla Park.

“The suspects fled in a silver Mini Cooper, which was found abandoned on Robert Sobukwe Road. It was established that this vehicle was hijacked in Table View earlier this month,” says Traut.

He says the suspects fled on foot into Kreefgat.

The Bishop Lavis Day Hospital was shut down for a few hours following the shootings, according to Western Cape Government Health spokesman Zolani Zenzile.

“However, we are now open and services back to normal,” Zenzile said on Thursday afternoon.

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