Three bystanders hurt in gang shooting

2016-10-11 06:00
Jadé Sawyers was hit behind the ear during a shooting in Eighth Avenue in Bokmakierie last week.

Jadé Sawyers was hit behind the ear during a shooting in Eighth Avenue in Bokmakierie last week.

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Chaos reigned in Bokmakierie last Monday as 13 shots rang out between Eighth and Ninth avenues.

A teenager and two other residents were injured in the shooting.

Jadé Sawyers was at a shop in the street when, it is alleged, two men started shooting at each other.

Eyewitnesses say one of the bullets ricocheted and hit Sawyers behind her ear. Fortunately, the bullet could be removed in hospital.

Shawaal Rademeyer and Kysoeraan Lefuller were also hurt. Rademeyer was shot in his left leg while Lefuller, who was also at the shop buying a loaf of bread, went into shock and suffered a seizure. He had to be stabilised by bystanders.

“I heard the shooting and ran up. Told my daughter that I was going to investigate and ask around for people. The girl who was shot just went to the shop to get a sucker. Gunshots flew and she ran home. They hit something and the bullet ricocheted behind her ear,” says Arnold September, chairperson of Bokmakierie’s neighbourhood watch.

He said community members in the immediate area are still living under a cloud of uncertainty as they try to keep each other safe after the killing of Ghatiem Classien three weeks ago (“‘Gangster’ killed in shooting”, People’s Post, 27 September).

“I can tell you now that it is calm, but we don’t know when they (will) start shooting again. That is what we thought the first time also [when Classien was killed]. Now the police are patrolling, the police are there every minute. It is like they are sleeping there. If the one van is about to go out, the next van comes in. Same like the first shooting: as soon as the police stop, then they start again. We are trying everything we can to help the situation and bring peace into the area,” he says.

No arrests have been made in either shooting incidents.

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