Former suspect in biker rally shooting traumatised

The man was released from police custody shortly before a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday.

FILE: In a heartfelt post, the former suspect says he cared for the Burgess family as if they were his own relatives. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - A man initially thought to be linked to a fatal shooting at a biker rally in Hawston says he's been left traumatised by the incident and his ordeal.

He's taken to Facebook to express his condolences to the family of a 19-year-old girl who was killed in Saturday's shooting.

Randy Burgess, the daughter of a senior police officer who was also wounded in the incident, died along with another person.

The former suspect was released from police custody shortly before a scheduled court appearance on Tuesday.

In a heartfelt post, the he says he cared for the Burgess family as if they were his own relatives.

It is for this reason, he writes, killing the 19-year-old and a family friend, Rudi Salo, is unfathomable.

Police say the 26-year-old was linked to the shooting after he allegedly threatened the victims several hours prior to the incident.

His Facebook post directed at Rounita Burgess starts by saying he is many things, but not a murderer.

She remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The motive for the shooting is still unclear.