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Cape Town - Nurse Mercia Patterson was at work at Melomed Mitchells Plain Hospital on Thursday when a shot school pupil was rushed in for treatment.
The lad was her son Jayden, 19.
He was one of two pupils from Oval North High School in Beacon Valley shot outside the school on Thursday.
Jayden was shot in the arm and hip while his friend Michael Davids, 20, was shot in the leg.
Both were in a critical but stable condition in hospital on Thursday night.
Patterson was being treated at Melomed Mitchells Plain Hospital and Davids was sent to Groote Schuur Hospital.
Melomed Mitchells Plain Hospital manager Nickie Crookes said the bullet was lodged in Patterson’s hip.
He was being prepared for surgery late on Thursday afternoon.
Crookes said the teen would need to receive counselling as part of his treatment because he had refused to return to school.
“He is terrified of going back.”
She said when Patterson came into casualty he kept crying, saying he had done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile, Groote Schuur Hospital spokesman Alaric Jacobs said Davids was in a stable condition.
The two pupils were crossing Glyder Street, heading for the school gate when a group of men opened fire on them.
Parts of Beacon Valley have been plagued by gang shootings this year.
Patterson’s mother Mercia said she constantly worried about her son’s safety when he went to school. She was at work when the school called her.
“They told me to be strong and I was confused as to what they were talking about until they finally said Jayden had been shot. No one told me if he was dead or alive.”
She said her son was not a gangster and did not deserve this.
She said police continued to fail the children of Beacon Valley.
“They assume all children are gangsters, even the innocent ones.”
Crookes said the hospital had observed an increase in young people caught in gang crossfire shootings.
Police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana confirmed the incident.
He said the motive and circumstances were being investigated and a case of attempted murder had been opened.
No arrests have been made.
Western Cape Education Department spokeswoman Jessica Shelver said although the incident did not occur on schoolgrounds, when the injured pupils arrived at the school they were assisted by police and ambulance medics.
Shelver said officials from the Metropole South District office, the Safe Schools unit and a school psychologist were provided for support at the school.