A man was shot and seriously wounded outside the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
A bystander, Junior Ngumbi, said he was walking with a client towards the court on Keerom Street in Cape Town around noon when he heard a gunshot and a woman screaming.
He saw a man flee the scene in a white Toyota Conquest and another man lying on the corner of Leeuwen and Keerom with blood pouring from his neck.
"There was lots and lots of blood but I could see he was still conscious," he said.
Ngumbi showed a photo of the man lying in a pool of blood with a woman leaning over him, propping him up on a jacket.
He said two men and a woman had been walking to the court when a gunman apparently approached the one man and shot him in the mouth.
Curious crowds gathered around the crime scene staring at a bloodied tissue lying on the pavement where the man had been moments before.
All that remained of the shooting was a mark from where the bullet ricocheted off a nearby car.
Police were seen searching four men outside Castello's coffee shop, opposite the court building, at about 1pm.
The men were led to a police van where they were put in the back and driven off.
The shooting was apparently connected to the appearance of suspected gangsters in the court.
Police were not yet commenting.