A nine-year-old boy has undergone surgery to remove a bullet after he was shot in gang crossfire while playing a game of soccer with his friends in Hanover Park on Monday.
“He came running in, bleeding, and said: ‘Ouma, hulle het my geskiet’ [Grandma, they shot me],” Masouda Osman told News24.
The little boy’s older sister, Washeema Samuels, said the bullet had missed her brother’s spine by millimetres.
Walleed had accompanied his mother earlier to watch his sister play a netball match at a nearby sportsfield. Just after 15:00, he decided to hop on his skateboard and go home because he was getting cold, Walleed’s mother Aisha said.
“When we heard the shooting, I ran. On my way to see where he is, I came across someone who said a child had been shot. I rushed to get home and ran into my mother and my boy.
“I grabbed him and felt all over his body to see where he had been hurt. That’s when I found the blood on his back.”
Police arrived quickly on the scene, she said, and took her and her son to the nearby day hospital, after which he was transferred to Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
“He is so traumatised, and is frightened by the smallest thing. He cried all through the night,” Aisha said.
“The bullet was removed last night and Walleed is in a lot of pain. It missed all his organs – thank God for that. The doctors say he should be discharged by late this afternoon.”
It angered her that her son was shot while playing in a park, which he considered a safe place, Washeema said.
“It’s the school holidays, but the children must be too afraid to play outside. What is worse is the guy who apparently fired the shot is still a laaitie [young boy] himself.”
Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the boy was caught in the crossfire when a gunman shot at a group of people in Derwent Court.
“The circumstances surrounding the attempted murder are being investigated and no one has been arrested as yet,” he confirmed.
- Article by Tammy Petersen