A shooting in Khayelitsha Site B W-Section at 8pm on Sunday has resulted in a 20-year-old and 13-year-old hospitalised in a critical condition.
Residents are uncertain whether the shootings were related to teen gang activity or an armed robbery.
According to residents three young men ran down the street, after which a shot rang out. Within minutes two of the young men came back carrying their friend who had been shot in the chest.
While residents were still taking stock of the situation, two more shots rang out, hitting a 13-year-old boy, who had returned home after running an errand, in the leg and foot.
Resident Siseko Bolo said he had sent 13-year-old Anga Rolo to the spaza shop to buy him some paraffin.
“I was standing here next to my fruit and vegetable stand waiting for him. After few minutes three other boys passed here running. Some of the boys in the area followed them,” said Bolo.
According to Bolo, Anga returned with the paraffin shortly afterwards and left.
“The whole thing happened so fast. Those boys who passed here running came back, one was carried by the others, he was bleeding. While we were looking at that, shots came from nowhere. I cannot say who fired the shoots. The two boys put their friend down and ran away, they left him there bleeding. While I was looking my neighbor called me saying the boy I sent to the shop was shot twice in the leg,” he said
Anga’s mother, Nosiseko Rolo, said her son was shot while he was standing in the yard.
“I’m so hurt I can’t even think straight right now. Luckily the ambulance arrived on time, he was bleeding so much,” said Nosiseko.
Both victims were rushed to the Khayelitsha hospital before being transferred to the Tygerberg hospital.
The 20-year-old victim, who asked not to be named said, he not sure if the attack was gang related but he knew his attacker.
According to him a group of young men – he could not recall how many – demanded a cellphone. He said when he ran away they started shooting.
Residents said police must investigate why young men have firearms in their possession.
The victim’s aunt, who also asked not to be named, said she believed the attackers knew her nephew and they fear they might come back.
“This is really painful and I believe the attackers know him, because if they didn’t they would have not come back a second time. The time they shot that boy was the second time, unfortunately … the bullet hit an innocent child,” she said.
When asked for further information, police requested details of the incident from this reporter. – Nombulelo Damba