In Free State, a 43-year-old man is under police guard in hospital after he shot his daughter and then stabbed and shot himself, police said on Tuesday.

The tragic incident happened on Monday night at 20:30 at their home in Leeuwenhof Street, Hospital Park, police spokesperson Captain Chaka Marope said.

“The man went to his father’s house and stole his firearm. He then went home and came across his daughter in the driveway and shot her,” Marope said.

The 17-year-old girl was shot in the neck and left thigh, he said.

“After shooting his daughter, he went into his house and held his wife and 4-year-old son hostage. He also fired several shots in the house, but both his wife and son were unharmed.”

Captain Marope said after the man had fired several shots, he stabbed himself in the stomach and turned the gun on himself.

The man and his daughter were rushed to hospital in critical condition. The motive for the shooting was unknown.

Police were investigating a case of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and pointing a firearm.

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