Girl (11), cousin shot while hiding

2015-07-14 06:00

An 11-year-old girl is in a stable condition after being shot in the chest on Tuesday last week.

It is alleged that the girl and her 20-year-old cousin were standing in front of a Fink Street shop with other people when a man approached them with a firearm.

Police confirm that the two then ran away. As a result the cousin was shot in the buttocks and the girl was shot in the chest. “At 20:18 police received a complaint of a shooting in Rocklands. The officers went to Strandlooper Street, where they found the man and child,” says Lieutenant Ian Wil­liams, police spokesperson.

He confirms the two had run from the scene and took cover in the yard of a Strandlooper Street home, Williams told People’s Post. Following swift police action, a suspect was arrested.

Williams says that the police crime prevention unit (CPU) were in the area conducting stop and searches, patrols and preliminary investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect.

The suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested by the CPU a few minutes after the shooting. Williams confirms that the boy was carrying an illegal firearm. “He is underage so he was not licenced to carry the weapon,” he explains. The firearm, with seven rounds of ammunition and two magazines, were confiscated. The suspect appeared in court on Thursday last week. The case was postponed to Wednesday 5 August. As he is a minor, the suspect is in custody at a place of safety. He faces charges of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and it has not yet been determined if the victims were his intended targets.

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Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call investigating officer Detective Sergeant Randall Davids on 021 370 1782 or 082 777 8076

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