The family of little Jaylin Alexander is praying that she survives after a bullet ruptured her jaw and ripped through her tongue.
Jaylin was in the yard of her 12th Avenue home on Thursday afternoon when a taxi filled with gunmen drove by.
Residents say they heard a “klomp skote” (several shots) and ran away. They only later discovered that Jaylin and her uncle, Shafiek Kolbie, 32, had been hit.
A resident, who asked not to be named, claims members of the G-Unit gang are responsible for the shooting which intended to kill members of the Bad Boys gang in 12th Avenue.
Kolbie was shot in the chest and died on the way to hospital, while Jaylin was rushed to Red Cross Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The girl’s grandfather, Victor Wareley, 56, said on Sunday he was returning home from a nearby factory when neighbours ran up to him and told him Jaylin had been shot.
“She was in the yard when it happened en hulle het reg af in die pad geskiet. Ek het groot geskrik toe ek my kleinkind so sien, (She was in the yard when it happened and they were shooting in the road. I got such a fright when I saw my grandchild like that.)” he says.
The grandfather explains Jaylin is the youngest of five kids and the family is traumatised by the incident.
“She was shot through the mouth. Her jaw is shattered and a piece of her tongue is gone. I was in tears at the hospital. Her mother, Carmen, told us last night [Saturday] that she opened her eyes, but we don’t know if she is going to make it after the operation. She is still in ICU,” he says.
Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, confirmed the incident and says at this stage no arrests have been made.
Victor says Kolbie was not a gangster and they have no idea why someone would shoot him.
“He was just a skareller (hustler) and not a gangster. He is dead and we hope Jaylin is going to be OK, but we don’t know,” he says.
“It is hartseer (sad) to go to the hospital because she is covered with different pipes to help her breathe.”
Last week, Elsies River police recorded three murders and three attempted murder cases as rival gangs have been embroiled in shootings and revenge shootings.
Last Tuesday, Leonsdale children were forced to run for their lives after gangsters opened fire in 15th Avenue.
Cops say while more than 30 shots were fired, no residents came forward to give a statement.