Woman shot dead at home in front of granddaughter, 2, as her children fled through window

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The Waterloo home in KZN where a woman was murdered on Saturday morning.
The Waterloo home in KZN where a woman was murdered on Saturday morning.
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  • A KwaZulu-Natal woman was shot and killed in front of her granddaughter on Saturday. 
  • Her two children fled the home through a bedroom window after gunshots rang out.
  • The siblings are reportedly living in fear and have sought refuge elsewhere. 

A lone gunman entered a Waterloo home in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday morning and shot a woman dead in front of her horrified two-year-old granddaughter.

The unnamed 41-year-old woman died instantly after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder, said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala.  

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The incident happened at 09:15, said Gwala, adding that an investigation was under way. 

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), during the attack at the woman’s Ginger Road home, the woman’s 19-year-old daughter sustained a deep laceration to her left forearm from glass from a broken window.

This, after she and her 24-year-old brother were forced to break the bedroom window and climb out of the house.  

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The granddaughter, who suffered no injuries, was in the lounge at the time of the shooting and witnessed the incident, while the siblings were in a bedroom when the man entered the house. 

The siblings fled as gunshots rang out. 

RUSA spokesperson Vinod Singh said: "According to the deceased’s daughter, she heard a man questioning her mother about the whereabouts of her children. She exited her bedroom and saw the suspect pointing a firearm at her mother."

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Singh said the deceased woman screamed and begged her daughter to flee when the gunman opened fire. 

"The siblings broke a bedroom window and climbed out of the house," he said. 

The 19-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment to the wounded arm. 

Singh said:

She informed reaction officers that she did not recognise the shooter who casually walked away from the house after the incident.

The two-year-old child was not injured, he added.


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