Toddler still on life-support after shooting

Johannesburg - A three-year-old boy continues to be on life support in hospital on Monday night after being caught in the cross-fire in a shooting in Westbury, Gauteng police said.

"He is definitely still on life support," Warrant Officer Gordon Billing said.

The boy sustained critical injuries when he was shot along with a 26-year-old man on Saturday evening. The two were travelling in the area in separate vehicles when they were hit by stray bullets.

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

They were taken to nearby hospitals.

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

A 24-year-old man was arrested for the shooting.

People who witnessed the shooting identified the shooter 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 later 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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Belinda Oberholster 2014/08/04 11:42:01 PM
The second little boy (child) in less than one month!!!!! Really the Ministers should spend time & money on safety, criminal charges(get down to the criminal & punish him/her), not on long investigations about old stories & fights!!!!! Your job is to PROTECT & educate your LEADERS of tomorrow - they are busy dying at the hand of criminals. Criminals cost more to feed, protect and recieve more rights than a innocent child - you must wake up - one of these days it can be your children or family/friends children, I wonder how you will react, the same "don't care"attitude!!!! Read your constitution of a Children rights!!!!!!Protect them!!!!!!
Mokotedi Pedra 2014/08/05 12:17:15 AM
Bob Rob 2014/08/05 05:29:45 AM
Zanc, a better life for all!
Karen 2014/08/05 05:41:08 AM
To all the thumbs down people, you know what you can go and do.
Tebogo Lekala 2014/08/05 07:01:26 AM
Wishing you a speedy and full recovery, young one!!! May the good Lord be with you.
Maphoka Mokutle 2014/08/05 07:42:26 AM
U r absolutely right Belinda... How so Melindie Hart?
Roma Theunis 2014/08/05 11:41:54 AM
What is happening to our people...??? We should ALL stand together as a Nation...Pray for our Children like never before...please keep our children safe, love them and cherish them...Unbelievable!!!