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Kwazakele shop owner shoots 12-year-old boy with stolen firearm

Aug 28, 2017
Kwazakele shop owner shoots 12-year-old boy with stolen firearm

A 33-year-old Port Elizabeth shop owner is expected to appear in court on Tuesday following a shooting at a shop along Booi Street, Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. A 12-year-old boy was injured in the incident.

"This followed after the shop owner and another male had an argument inside the shop," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"The owner pulled out a firearm and shot at the other male, missing him, but the bullet struck a 12-year-old boy in his head, who was in the shop to purchase grocery items.

"The boy was taken to Dora Nginza Hospital in a serious condition."

Captain Beetge said that the shop owner was arrested for attempted murder as well as illegal possession of a firearm.

"The firearm, a 7.65mm pistol and 23 rounds of ammunition was confiscated and it was discovered that it was reported stolen in February this year in George," he added.

"The suspect will be appearing at New Brighton Magistrate's Court on 29 August 2017."