Teen, aiming for robbers, kills friend

2011-08-04 15:08
East London - A teenage boy trying to shoot robbers allegedly killed his friend in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, police said on Thursday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the 14-year-old boy was held at knifepoint in his home by three robbers on Wednesday.

The three men stole a DVD player and ran away. Manatha said the teenager allegedly took a firearm from his father's safe, chased the robbers and started shooting at them in the street.

His 15-year-old friend came from the direction the robbers were running in and was shot in the upper body. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

The robbers escaped unhurt. No arrests had been made. Police opened a murder case.

Manatha said prosecutors were still deciding whether the 14-year-old's father would face criminal charges related to the boy getting his gun.

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