The unexpected brutal and perilous attack created an atmosphere of chaos in the entire neighbourhood. A well-known actress was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning after gunmen entered her property, paramedics said.

Netcare paramedics said it responded to an incident shortly after midnight at a smallholding in the Randburg area.

“Reports from the scene indicate that several gunmen had entered the premises of a popular actress, shots were fired and she sustained two serious gunshot wounds. Exact detail to the incident and preceding events will however remain a subject for police comment,” Netcare said in a statement.

“The Netcare 911 Advanced Life Support paramedics and her team arrived at the scene and found the actress to be in a serious but stable condition. The patient was treated at the scene and then transported to a specialised hospital under the constant care of an Advanced Life Support paramedic.”

Her details will be put out shortly.