A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being shot in Phoenix, Durban, for allegedly stealing a cellphone.
According to Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa), the incident happened around 9 am on Fernham Drive on Thursday morning.
“A member of Rusa was on patrol in the area at approximately 9.31 am when he noticed the teenager bleeding excessively from an injury to his right thigh,” said Rusa.
The unit then requested medical support for the boy.
The medics stabilised the boy on the scene before rushing him to hospital, said Rusa.
It added that there was another 12-year-old boy who was assisting the injured teen.
The boy told Rusa members they were Grade 10 pupils from a school in Ntuzuma.
“He went on to explain that his friend had robbed a scholar of her cellphone on Fernham Drive and was fleeing the scene when four men in a white VW Polo fired multiple shots at him. One bullet penetrated his thigh causing him to collapse,” said Rusa.
The men in the car then retrieved the cellphone and drove away, said Rusa.
“Rusa officers conducted an extensive search for the white VW Polo, however no arrests were made,” said the unit.