CT airport shooting probed

A policeman opened fire on his girlfriend, two Ocean Basket employees and then killed himself.

Police stand outside Ocean Basket at the Cape Town International Airport on 28 May 2014 after an officer shot his girlfriend, two employees and then killed himself. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police say the exact motive behind a fatal shooting at the Cape Town International Airport is being investigated.

A Mitchells Plain policeman opened fire on his girlfriend at a popular restaurant in the airport's food court on Wednesday night, following an argument.

The woman was left wounded.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk says, "A 33-year-old police constable arrived at the airport and went to the food court. He went to Ocean Basket, where he spoke to his partner and an argument ensued. During the argument it's alleged he shot his partner and two of the employees."

The policeman then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life.

A forensic pathology vehicle stands outside the Cape Town International Airport 28 May 2014 after a policeman opened fire on his girlfriend, two employees and then killed himself at the Ocean Basket restaurant. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

Eyewitness News understands the man's partner is in a critical condition in hospital.

Police have refused to comment on whether the gun used during the shooting was a registered South African Police Service (SAPS) firearm.

But the police's Solomon Makgale has confirmed the constable, whose name can't be disclosed as this stage, was based at the Lentegeur police station.

"What has happened here is a very sad story. We feel for his colleagues at the police station, his friends and his family. We see this happening every now and again, within the police."

Meanwhile, operations at Cape Town International have not been affected.