A Manenberg child is in a serious condition in hospital after he was wounded during a shooting in the township yesterday.
The gunman’s target, three adults, were wounded.
The 7-year-old was the third child wounded in as many days in what residents said were gang shootings.
“It happened between 11am and noon. Three men were walking through (blocks of flats) when another man approached from the opposite direction and started shooting at them. The 7-year-old boy was playing there at the time. When the shooting stopped he was found bleeding from a bullet wound to the back,” police spokesman FC Van Wyk said, adding that the child’s name was withheld.
The gunman fled while his victims were taken to hospital.
“A 29-year-old suspect was arrested hours later and will appear in court soon,” he said.
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Angelique Jordaan said the boy was in a “serious but stable” condition and will be monitored to determine
whether surgery was required. No bullet was lodged in him, and doctors were concerned about internal bleeding, she said.
The shooting happened within days of two Kalksteenfontien minors being wounded in a gang shoot-out on Sunday.
He said a shooting incident occurred in Salvia Street, Kalksteenfontein. Two groups of people were shooting at each other and the victims, boys aged 8 and 12, sustained gunshot wounds in the left foot and thigh. They were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. He would not be drawn on whether the shootings were gang related.
Manenberg residents said it appeared a peace pact the township’s major gangs entered into in August had fallen apart and they feared a flare-up in gang violence.
At the time the pact was made between the Americans and the Hard Livings, 27 people had died in gang shootings since May.
“The shootings had subsided since August but it flared up again. People are traumatised and with Christmas and New Year coming, people fear things will get worse,” said resident Yusuf Simons.
Manenberg community worker Roegchanda Pascoe said parents were keeping their children indoors.