Toddler, 3, latest child casualty in Kraaifontein gang violence

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A 3-year-old boy has become the latest child casualty in gang violence in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, after he was hit by a stray bullet.
A 3-year-old boy has become the latest child casualty in gang violence in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, after he was hit by a stray bullet.
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  • A manhunt has been launched for the gunman who fired the bullet that hit a 3-year-old boy in Kraaifontein.
  • The toddler was caught in the crossfire of gang warfare in Willie Street, Scottsdene, on Tuesday.
  • Last week, Grade 2 pupil Glenn Chanuwor, 9, was killed by a stray bullet in neighbouring Wallacedene. 

A 3-year-old boy has become the latest child casualty in gang violence in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, after he was hit by a stray bullet.

On Thursday, Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel André Traut said a manhunt had been launched for the gunman responsible for the attempted murder of the toddler.

"At around 10:45 [on Tuesday], a 3-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs in Willie Street, Scottsdene, and sustained a gunshot wound," he said.

"The child was admitted to hospital where he is being treated."

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Anyone who has information about the incident has been urged to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Last week, Grade 2 pupil Glenn Chanuwor, 9, was caught in gang crossfire in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein, when he walked home from school. He was hit in the head about 300m from his home.

His mother, Dinna, told Daily Voice several children were caught in the middle when gangs started shooting and throwing stones at each other last Tuesday.

When she found her son at Kraaifontein Day Hospital, his head was covered with a white cloth. He died later that day.

A month earlier, 11-year-old Duran Visagie was killed when a stray bullet hit him in Scottsdene, about a kilometre away.

Visagie's mother Anthea gave birth to another son, when two alleged gangsters appeared in court in connection with Duran's murder, EWN reported at the time.

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