CT airport shooting raises security concerns

A policeman opened fire on his girlfriend and two other people at a popular restaurant at the airport.

The body of a police constable who shot and wounded three people before turning the gun on himself at Cape Town International Airport is removed from the scene on 28 May 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - A deadly shooting at Cape Town International Airport has raised security concerns at the airport.

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

She has since been stabilised.

Health spokesperson, Laticia Pienaar says the woman was then transferred to a private medical centre.

The constable committed suicide after the shooting.

This morning, passengers who were boarding their flights said they're shocked and couldn't believe there was a shooting at the airport.

Some people told Eyewitness News what happened was tragic and shouldn't have happened at a national key point.

The incident has raised some serious security concerns, but Airports Company South Africa has assured that its public safety and security measures are sound, despite the shooting.

The crime scene at the Ocean Basket restaurant has been cleared and the eatery has been opened for business.

The police constable, whose name can't be disclosed as this stage, was based at the Lentegeur police station.

It's understood he got into an argument with his girlfriend who apparently works at the restaurant.

He then shot and wounded her and two other people, before turning the gun on himself.

Meanwhile, the Saartjie Baartman Centre's Shaheema McLeod says this is not an isolated incident.

In another incident last week, a 33-year-old police officer shot and wounded his wife and then turned the gun on himself near Mossel Bay.

"While we are all shocked and horrified about what happened, we have to keep in mind that this is not an isolated incident. Violent crimes are being perpetuated against women and children on a daily basis."