Boy, 3, declared brain-dead after Westbury shooting

Johannesburg - A little boy has been declared brain-dead after he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in Westbury on Saturday night, it has been reported.

Three-year-old Luke Tibbetts was travelling with his mother, three other children and two adults when he was shot in the head, reported Eyewitness News.

He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. His parents will decide later on Monday whether to switch off his life support machine, eNCA stated.

The shooting happened on the corner of Statler and Croesus streets in the suburb west of Johannesburg on Saturday evening, Warrant Officer Gordon Billing told Sapa.

Tibbetts’s father told EWN he had had enough of the community being terrorised by gangsters.

A 26-year-old man who was travelling in a different car was shot in the arm and was treated at hospital and been discharged.

Tibbett’s death comes just two weeks after the murder of 4-year-old Taegrin Morris who was dragged to his death when hijackers grabbed his parents’ car in Reiger Park.

An earlier version of this article quoted eNCA as reporting that Tibbetts's life support had been switched off.

Johan H B Booyse 2014/08/04 10:02:42 AM
So sad. R.I.P.
Frans Mosia 2014/08/04 10:03:45 AM
This is too much now, violence against a child must be punishable by death.
FastnEasy Loans 2014/08/04 10:04:09 AM
Condolences to the family
Patrick Winter533 2014/08/04 10:05:28 AM
These horrific stories are becoming far too common place. Law and order has become a thing of the past. Surely this is not a world we want our kids to inherit. RIP Luke.
Bri 2014/08/04 10:10:46 AM
Oh My Word!!! So senseless!! Cry our beloved children....
Lehlogonolo Mukhola 2014/08/04 10:14:10 AM
From Musina to Cape Town, there is no safe place anymore.
Brooklax Mpundus 2014/08/04 10:23:28 AM
All's well, hey zuma ? Blerrie bastards ! Heartfelt condolences to the little one's family.
Izack Madisa 2014/08/04 10:44:14 AM
innocent child why why
Moira Hlongwane 2014/08/04 10:47:31 AM
What a bleak future we have as a nation. Government please act and act very fast as I see innocent people committing because their loved one's life was taken away ruthlessly.
CraigJoseph 2014/08/04 10:48:28 AM
Rest in peace Luke!