Three were injured in a shootout in Weeraketiya area in Tangalle this morning.
The police said the shootout has taken place on Weeraketiya Ranna Road, near Naigala temple.
A group in a luxury vehicle has opened fire at two people who were traveling in a van.
The assailants has also shot a motor cyclist while escaping the scene.
The three injured persons were hospitalized, and one of them is in critical condition.
Injured persons are residents of Weeraketiya area.
Police suspect a dispute between two criminal gangs had sparked the shooting.