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10-year-old Gelvandale boy shot in the cheek, teen injured during gang shooting

Dec 3, 2018
10-year-old Gelvandale boy shot in the cheek, teen injured during gang shooting

A 21-year-old suspected gang affiliate was arrested minutes after police responded to a shotspotter activation of a gang shooting in Anita Drive in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday evening.

"It is alleged that at about 16:40, a 17-year-old woman and her aunt were walking in Anita Drive when two rival gangs started shooting at each other," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"A 10-year-old boy was also on the road. It is suspected that a group of three NTB’s were shooting at the suspect, who is an affiliate of the Dustlife gang.

"The two innocent bystanders were caught in the crossfire and were injured."

Col Naidu said that the teenager sustained a gunshot wound to her shoulder while the 10-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound on his cheek.

"The suspect also sustained a gunshot wound in his buttocks."

She said that, as police arrived at the scene, they spotted the suspect withdrawing a firearm, but he was arrested before he could retaliate with his firearm.

Gang shooting being investigated

"A 7.65 pistol was found in his possession.

"The injured persons including the suspect were taken to hospital. The suspect is detained on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and a cases of attempted murder is also under investigation by the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit," Col Naidu said.

"The shooting incident occurred just hours after police, the community policing forums of Bethelsdorp, Gelvandale and community leaders embarked on a roadshow through the Northern areas onn Friday calling on the communities to take a stand on gang violence in their communities."

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, appealed to the communities to work with the police and to be resilient in their stand against these violent and cruel attacks on the innocent.

"We need the community to stand firm and help us to rid this area of the gang activity. We cannot allow innocent lives to be lost at the merciless hands of criminals," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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