Father shot and killed in drive-by

Cheneez Palmer, the widow of Shaun Palmer, 46, with their youngest child, and only daughter, Shaniqah, 3.

A Bonteheuwel father of six was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting while walking home on Wednesday August 2.

Shaun Palmer, 46, was shot and killed in Camellia Street, just before 10pm. He had gone to fetch movies, as he and his children had planned a movie night.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Palmer’s death, and Bishop Lavis SAPS spokeswoman Constable Samantha Adonis could not confirm at this stage whether it had been a drive-by shooting.

Mr Palmer’s family said he had had a full-time job at an Epping chicken factory and had not been involved in gangs or drugs.

When his wife, Cheneez Palmer, 38, arrived on the scene on Wednesday August 2, she prayed and sang gospel songs to her husband while waiting on the paramedics to arrive. He was declared dead on the scene.

The couple had been married for 10 years. Ms Palmer admitted they had had their differences but had been in marriage counselling. “He was very charming,” she said.

Mr Palmer’s mother, Wilhelmina, said her son still had money in his pocket and the movies he had fetched, so the motive for his killing could not have been robbery.

A few days after his death, Kurt Carelse, 36, was gunned down in front of his family home in Firethorn Street, Bonteheuwel, in the early hours of Saturday August 5.

It is believed he and his family had been chatting in their lounge until the early morning hours, and when they were getting ready for bed, Mr Carelse left the house and was shot and killed.

His family said he did painting jobs to earn a living and was not a gangster.

He was the third person to have been shot and killed in Bonteheuwel in five days.

On Tuesday August 1, Kamrudien Seale, 42, of Surrey Estate, and a female friend were attacked while sitting in his BMW in Yellowwood Street. The divorced father of two was shot four times in the head. The woman was injured and rushed to hospital.

Anyone with any information about the shootings can call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.