Boy (12) might have been deliberately shot by hijackers

2010-01-16 00:00

THE 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head during a carjacking in Chatsworth on Thursday may have been deliberately targeted by the criminals, fearing he might be able to identify them, the boy’s family said yesterday.

Altas Ally remains in critical condition at the Life Entabeni Hospital in Durban. The bullet fired by the carjackers went through his forehead and came out through his back.

His father, Adris Ally, said they are not sure whether his son was targeted or he was just hit by a stray bullet.

He said at the time of the incident, Altas was inside his yard. “Across from my house, there was an armed robbery taking place and shots were fired. Altas was by the gate, closing it, and that was when he was shot.”

Ally said the shooting left his son in a coma. “On Wednesday, he attended his first day of high school, and he was shot the following day.”

He said Altas will have to wait till Monday to be operated on. “He is in a coma, his whole body and head are swollen and the doctors said they have to wait until the swelling goes down, and hopefully by Monday it will be down so they can operate on him.”

Police spokesman Captain Vincent Mdunge said they also are not sure why the boy was shot.

“We are sure that the motive was carjacking, but we are not sure why they shot the boy, it could be that they feared the boy might be able to identify them.”

Police are still searching for the hijackers and no one had yet been arrested.


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