Shot Cape Town school pupil dies

2013-05-15 14:17
Police sniffer dogs searching the crime scene where a Cape Town high school pupil was shot. (EWN, Twitter)

Police sniffer dogs searching the crime scene where a Cape Town high school pupil was shot. (EWN, Twitter)

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Cape Town - A teenage boy who was shot at a Cape Town high school on Wednesday morning has died.

Groote Schuur hospital spokesperson Alaric Jacobs confirmed to News24 that the boy died at 13:15 after doctors tried to stabilise him in the trauma unit.

There are conflicting reports on the details surrounding the shooting.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant said the 17-year-old was shot just after 08:00 while entering the Spes Bona High School premises, Sapa reported.

He was allegedly shot by a person not enrolled at the school, but dressed in a school uniform.

Grant said the school called an ambulance and paramedics were able to revive the victim before taking him to hospital.

The department had arranged for trauma counselling at the school for pupils and teachers.

Motive unclear

However, Western Cape police said the pupil was aged 18 and was approached by three males dressed in school tracksuit tops - two of whom were allegedly armed.

"One of them fired shots at the victim, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head," police spokesperson FC van Wyk said.

He said an attempted murder case was opened and no arrest had been made.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and the motive is yet to be established, and therefore it is not possible to speculate on gang violence at this stage."

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