Teen shot dead, 4-year-old wounded in Cape Town drive-by shooting

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  • A teenager and a 4-year-old child were shot in Lavender Hill in Cape Town on Monday.
  • The 17-year-old boy died at the scene and the 4-year-old was hospitalised.
  • The incident follows months of gang-related shootings in the area.


A 17-year-old boy has been shot dead and a 4-year-old child wounded in a shooting in St Montague Village, Lavender Hill, in Cape Town, Western Cape police have said.

Bullets rang out on the corner of St Christopher Avenue and St Alexander Circle in St Montague Village on Monday at about 17:40.

"When police arrived on the scene, they found the body with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was declared dead on the scene by medical personnel," police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said.

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"The… child was taken to a medical facility for treatment. The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested."

Local community police forum chairperson Gavin Walbrugh alleged that the drive-by shooting was gang related.

He said:

The injured child was believed to have been playing outside. It's so much more upsetting when innocents are hurt – the child was shot in the side and the bullet exited through the stomach.

The erratic nature of a drive-by shooting means "bullets can go anywhere", he said.

"It's rapid fire. They drive and shoot and that shots can go into someone's house, through a window, at children playing outside. And these gangsters are ruthless when a target is in sight and they have a job to do. It's terrible."

Walbrugh said in recent months gang violence has flared up across the precinct in areas like Steenberg, Retreat and Cafda.

The policing area covered by the station is vast, with Lavender Hill split between two precincts – Steenberg and Muizenberg.

It was unclear which gangs were at war with each other, although there are four prominent groupings in the area.

Police deploy resources from its specialised units as needed, but one can "never have enough resources", Walbrugh pointed out.

He said the area was quiet on Tuesday morning.

Police have opened dockets of murder and attempted murder following Monday's shooting.

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