Just after 11am, an alleged merchant for the Dixie Boys gang, known as Dana, was gunned down in Mahogany Street.
The 36-year-old was shot multiple times in front of his gate and died on the scene.
When his girlfriend, dressed in a mustard coloured T-shirt, arrived on the scene, she fell to her knees and held his body, crying loudly.
The victim’s mother was also there and had to be carried away after she went into shock at the sight of her son’s bloody body.
A neighbour described Dana as a good person who took the wrong path.
“He was a kwaai ou. He did everything right when he was younger,” said the resident, who declined to be named.
“He is smart, too. He finished matric and he was not a stupid laaitie.
“What made him take the wrong path in life, I don’t know.”
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, confirmed the incident and says one suspect was arrested minutes after the murder.
“This office can confirm a shooting incident in Mahogany Street, Bonteheuwel, where a 36-year-old male was shot and killed,” he said.
“Shortly after the incident, a 33-year-old suspect was arrested on a charge of murder.”
Sources say in retaliation to Dana’s murder, the war between the Dixie Boys and the Americans is now expected to intensify.
Later that same day, just before 8pm, a man only identified as Baltjies, alleged to be the son of a high-ranking American skollie in the area, was also gunned down.
The 28-year-old was shot multiple times in Borriehout Street.
He sustained 13 gunshot wounds, six to his head, and cops found over 20 bullet casings on the scene.
Traut confirmed the incident and says no arrests have been made for this murder.
“At 7.40pm, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed in Borriehout Street by an unknown suspect who is yet to be arrested.”
Ward Councillor Angus McKenzie said yesterday morning stop-and-go searches were being conducted to try and curb the gang violence.
“There was a heavy police presence in the area and myself and all stakeholders walked through the red zones,” he says.
“We searched, even vehicles, for anything (illegal). We are trying to curb this war that is going to break out.
“What would help is residents coming forward with any information to us regarding the shootings.”