Man opens fire at family meeting, kills 4

Police said there was an argument between the suspect and his father just before the shooting began.

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JOHANNESBURG - Kwa-Zulu-Natal police have arrested a man for allegedly murdering four people and injuring another four when a family meeting didn't go as planned.

Police are investigating four counts of murder as well as four counts of attempted murder after a 32-year-old man opened fire at a family meeting on New Year's Day in Mahlabathini.

It is understood the family had met in Ogodweni village of Edlebe to resolve a family dispute when one of those attending the meeting opened fire.

The police's Thulani Zwane said it's alleged there was an argument between the suspect and his father just before the shooting began.

"During the conversation it's alleged the suspect drew his firearm and allegedly shot four people and killed them and the other four were seriously wounded and taken to hospital for treatment."

Zwane said police hit a breakthrough in the case last night.

"The suspect who allegedly shot and killed four people, as well as wounding the other four has been finally arrested at Mahlabathini area last night."