A LOVE triangle ended tragically when a jealous man shot and injured his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
The incident happened at Seshego township's Zone 5 section outside Polokwane in Limpopo on Tuesday evening.
The dead man was identified as Edmund Seabi, 27, from Ngwanallela village in GaMatlala outside Polokwane.
Inspector Mothemane Malefo of the Seshego police said yesterday Seabi had gone to visit his girlfriend at her rented room at about 6pm.
The two had reportedly quarrelled earlier during the day. Seabi, a security guard, went to his workplace in Polokwane and allegedly stole a company firearm.
When he got back to his girlfriend's room he found her with two men. One of them was the woman's new boyfriend, Malefo said.
He said Seabi apparently became jealous and opened fire on the two men.
"The first shot was fired in the direction of the 'boyfriend' but missed. While the two men were fleeing a bullet struck the other one in the shoulder," Malefo said.
Afraid for her life, the woman locked herself in her room.
But the jilted man allegedly broke down the door and fired a shot, hitting the woman in the chest.
"He apparently thought the woman was dead when he turned the gun on himself," Malefo said.
He said the bullet went through Seabi's one temple and exited through the other. He died on the spot.
Malefo said the man who was injured in the shoulder and the woman were taken to Seshego Hospital. But the woman was moved to Polokwane Hospital because of her serious condition.
He said the man was discharged yesterday.
"We are worried that the company where the man worked had failed to notice that one of their firearms was missing," Malefo said.
"Using violence to resolve differences does not help matters. We appeal to people to seek professional help if they experience problems in their relationships," he said.
Malefo said police had opened an inquest docket.