Hilton van Zyl, a South African man, killed his wife and kid before shooting himself.
On Sunday, September 25, 2022, early on, a shooting incident took place at Kuilsriver, Cape Town.
Cassidy van Zyl, 15, and Annastasia van Zyl, 44, are the victims. His kid, age 23, escaped the attack and lived to tell about it.
According to reports, the husband worked as a real estate agent, while the male was employed by a Blackheath steel firm.
The shooting event was confirmed by the provincial police’s spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, in a statement on September 26.
“Kuilsriver police attended a complaint in Old Nooiensfontein Road in the early hours of Sunday, September 25, 2022. Upon arrival at the scene, they found a male aged 48, a female aged 44, and a girl aged 15 who sustained gunshot wounds,” he said.
“The trio were declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel. Kuilsriver police are investigating two counts of murder and an inquest. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” Swartbooi added.
Ward councillor Ebrahim Sawant told News24 that shocked residents gathered in front of the home, sobbing at the scene.
He said the son escaped the attack by fleeing to a neighbour’s house before going to relatives in nearby Highbury.
“The son is in severe shock. He was taken to Netcare Hospital in Kuils River and received treatment for shock. He is stable but will be undergoing trauma treatment from tomorrow,” Sawant said.
“I knew Anastacia personally as she was the chairperson of the neighbourhood watch in Gersham. I conveyed my condolences to the family from myself, mayor and the City of Cape Town.”
It was gathered that the couple were in the process of getting divorced, allegedly because of the husband’s violent behaviour and drinking problem.
A report based on a statement made by the son stated on the night before the incident, the man had come home drunk and started an argument with his spouse.
“He then took out a firearm and shot at his wife and daughter. He then gave a gun to his son and instructed the son to shoot him. The son refused and the father attempted to shoot him. The son ran away unharmed and reported the incident to the police,” it stated.
“Anastasia was shot in the back while on her bed. She sustained three gunshot wounds. The daughter was shot once in the head. Information gathered indicates that deceased number one utilised his licenced firearm. The firearm was seized by police,” the report added.