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Three arrested for Free State parking lot shooting

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'We are anticipating that there will be other imminent arrests soon in the same case, which we're expecting to be very soon.'

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Welkom – Three men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a 54-year-old man at a shopping centre in Welkom, Free State police confirmed on Thursday. 

The three, aged between 27 and 29, were arrested on Wednesday afternoon, Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Sam Makhele told eNCA. 

“We have confiscated a firearm suspected to have been utilised during this incident. 

“We are anticipating that there will be other imminent arrests soon in the same case, which we’re expecting to be very soon.”

Makhele said it was too early to determine the motive of the crime but investigations into the matter continued. 

Shai Mikia Mohapi was gunned down at the Commando shopping centre parking lot on Saturday evening. 

In video footage obtained, two men are seen casually approaching a parked blue VW Polo before one of them pulls out a gun and shoots at the motorist multiple times. 
The suspects then open the open the door and drag the man’s lifeless body out of the car before speeding off in his vehicle. 
His car was later recovered near an inn. 
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