Child shoots brother, 2

2014-05-10 00:00

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy was critically injured on Thursday night at his home in Mabheleni near Port Shepstone when he was shot with his grandmother’s gun.

The shooter was the child’s six-year-old brother.

Police are investigating a case of attempted murder.

Netcare 911’s Chris Botha said the boy was stabilised on the scene before he was transported to a specialised facility in Durban for advanced interventions.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said it is alleged by the grandmother that she came home and placed her handbag with the firearm inside on her bed and went to the bathroom.

“When she came out of the bathroom she apparently heard a shot. When she got to the bedroom, she found her two grandchildren in the room with the two-year-old lying on the ground and the six-year-old holding the gun in his hands,” Zwane said.

John Welsh of the South African Gun owners Association (Saga) said people need to think about the safety of others around them when they are in possession of a gun.

“It’s unfortunate when something like this happens, but the owner of the firearm will be held accountable because of negligence,” Welsh said.

He said the Firearms Control Act of South Africa is very clear when it comes to the handling of a firearm. “Effective control over your firearm needs to be exercised at all times, even more so when there are children in the area,” he said.

“The child cannot be prosecuted, therefore the lawful owner will have to be investigated for negligence and will be responsible for what happened,” Welsh explained.

Last week, an eight-year-old boy was critically injured in a similar incident when his father accidentally shot him at the HuntEx hunting Expo in Midrand in Gauteng. A case of negligence was opened and the father could face more charges depending the outcome of a police investigation.

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