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Manhunt launched after two-year-old boy shot dead in cross-fire and teen injured

Nov 20, 2017
Manhunt launched after two-year-old boy shot dead in cross-fire and teen injured

The Provincial Gang Investigation Unit launched a manhunt for an alleged  gang affiliate, who shot and killed a two-old-boy and injured a teenager in Helenvale over the weekend.

It is alleged that at about 14:45, on Saturday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy was sitting on the steps of a house in Hartbees Street, in Helenvale, Port Elizabth, when the suspect approached from an open field and started shooting at him.

"The victim ran into the street and the suspect continued firing at him.

"A two-year-old boy, Akiem Baartman, who was playing in the street was fatally struck by a bullet in the head," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu. 

"The shooting at the teenager is gang related and police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.

"The teenager was injured in the neck."

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga, has strongly condemned this attack and senseless killing of an innocent child in the strongest terms.

"All means possible will be used  to thoroughly investigate this case and bring the culprit to book," added Maj Gen Siganga.

He called on the communities to expose those, who engage in criminal activities and not to keep quiet as these criminals have no respect for the innocent people living among them.

Police is appealing to the communities to work with them by reporting the whereabouts of the suspect. Information may be communicated anonymously to the nearest police station or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.  All information is treated as strictly confidential.