Police in Goromonzi have arrested three suspects in connection with the shooting of illegal gold panners at Acturus Mine that occurred on Sunday morning.

This comes as investigations into the shooting incident by security guards at the company.

The three suspects have been identified as Learnmore Matangira (29), Enerst Kavhu (39) and George Mahufa (57).

10 spent cartridges have also been found at the scene of the crime.

The shooting incident occurred around 8.am when five armed security guards belonging to Braising Security, the company contracted to provide security at Acturus Mine, approached about 30 gold panners at Goromonzi RDC offices compound and opened fire, seriously injuring four.

The injured are currently at Parirenyatwa Hospital receiving treatment.

It is not clear what exactly happened that led to the guards opening fire on the panners.

Residents say the mine authorities should find more amicable ways of resolving such conflicts.

“It is not good to see our children having running battles with the mine security guards. A solution which does not involve use of firearms need to be found urgently,” said one, Erica Kamarori.

ZRP Mashonaland East Provincial Spokesperson, Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the arrests and said the suspects are expected to appear in court on Tuesday facing attempted murder charges.