Seven men were killed and two were injured in a shooting at the infamous Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi, South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Report informs via News24.

It is alleged that the men, aged 20 to 40, were drinking alcohol in a room at Block 57 of the hostel when unknown gunmen opened fire on them at about 02:45 (GMT+2) on Saturday.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, seven of the men died on the scene and two were taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries.

“Police at Umlazi have opened a docket containing seven counts of murder and two attempted murders following a shooting incident,” Naicker said.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Sipho Hlomuka appealed to the Umlazi community to help the police find the perpetrators.

“The motive of this callous killing is [the] subject of an investigation and the police have assembled a high-level team to hunt down the suspects,” Hlomuka said.