Man charged after toddler shot in the head

Johannesburg - A 24-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a Johannesburg toddler who is on life support after being shot in the head on Saturday night.

Luke Tibbetts, 3, was caught in the cross-fire in a shooting in Westbury, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"He is in a very critical condition and is on life support," Warrant Officer Gordon Billing said.

The shooting happened on the corner of Statler and Croesus streets in the suburb west of Johannesburg on Saturday evening, Billing said.

The boy and a 26-year-old man were travelling in the area in separate vehicles when they were hit by stray bullets. They were taken to nearby hospitals.

The man was shot in his right arm and was treated and discharged, said Billing.

People who witnessed the shooting identified the 24-year-old man and reported him to police who arrested him.

No firearms were recovered.

Warrant Officer Jerbes de Bruyn said a group of people gathered outside the entrance to the Sophiatown police station, where the man was being held, around 10:00 on Monday morning to demand that he be denied bail.

The group had since dispersed.

Billing said the motive for the shooting was still unknown.

The man would appear in the Sophiatown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday and would be charged with attempted murder.

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SunshinyDay 2014-08-04 12:10:13 PM
Shouldn't it be murder? If a person is brain dead then they are technically dead, the brain is only functioning due to the machines?
Lauren Adams 2014-08-04 12:14:33 PM
Death Penalty pleeeeease!!!
Iuliana Butucel Moosa 2014-08-04 12:15:17 PM
Rip little boy....
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-04 12:15:21 PM
Shoot him as well, not in the head, clearly there is nothing there. I reckon concrete nails tapped gently into the knee caps to start and then, bamboo under the finger nails, then Chinese water torture, slow and painful.
Bri 2014-08-04 12:17:28 PM
Horrific - Those poor parents. This man should be hung. The charge of attempted murder is pathetic, is the child not brain dead? Surely the charge should be murder? The body is only kept going through machines. I have no words, I would be in pieces if that was my little one on life support with no good outcome.
Iuliana Butucel Moosa 2014-08-04 12:17:48 PM
Death penalty will never be back in SA no matter how much crime takes away inocent children. Who will vote ANC if that will be granted????
Anne Thrax 2014-08-04 12:18:40 PM
Hang him...
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-04 12:21:03 PM
Its time the goverment steps down from their mighty throne and start sorting this country out
Iuliana Butucel Moosa 2014-08-04 12:25:28 PM
His parents swiched the mecines off this morning . So is murder. ..No bail!!!!
Tauriq Hercules 2014-08-04 12:30:16 PM
If the motive is self defence this guy should walk away free!! You have the right to defend yourself even if killing a child is the price to pay!