Members of the public reportedly pointed out the shooters to the officers. At the scene, a 32-year-old man who is believed to be affiliated with the Mongrel gang was found with a single gunshot wound to the back. He was taken to a nearby hospital by a private vehicle.
“The members pursued the three suspects and cornered them in Edward Road, Ottery. Grassy Park Crime Prevention Unit assisted the Lansdowne members,” said van Wyk.
One of the three carried a bag and tried to flee the scene but he was chased down and arrested as well.
The bag contained three guns with the serial numbers filed off and 21 rounds of ammunition.
The three arrested suspects are believed to be members of the Yuru Cats gang, which operates in Ottery.
The trio – aged 23, 30 and 35 – were arrested on charges of attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and possession of prohibited firearms.
“The motive for this shooting incident is gang-related,” said van Wyk.