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Suspect arrested for killing two-year-old in gang-related shooting

May 15, 2018
Suspect arrested for killing two-year-old in gang-related shooting

The Provincial Gang Investigation Unit on Monday arrested a 22-year-old suspect at a tavern in Voissen Road in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, for the murder of a two-year-old boy last year.

"At about 10:30, police immediately followed up on information received and arrested the Upstand Dogs gang affiliate," said police spokesprson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"It is alleged that on 18 November 2017, a two-year-old boy was fatally injured while another 17-year-old victim sustained a gunshot wound in the neck in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth."

She said that it is further alleged that the teenager was sitting on the steps of a house in Hartbees Street, in Helenvale, at about 14:45 on the day, 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," Col Naidu said.

"A two-year-old boy, Hakeem Baartman, who was playing in the street was fatally struck by a bullet in the head. 

"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." 

She said that the suspect will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday, on charges of murder and attempted murder.

The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Andrew Louw, thanked the community for their assistance in tracing the suspect who continuously evaded arrest.

"The community is the eyes and ears of the police and we, the police need the assistance of the community to ensure that these callous criminals  are arrested and removed from society.  Active community participation is pivotal in our fight against crime," added Brig Louw.