A nine-year-old boy was shot along with a relative in a hijacking last week in Overport. According to reports, the boy’s mother held onto him while the hijackers fired shots through the windscreen of the car.

The police’s Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the incident happened at approximately 18H00, at Harbottle Road, in Overport.

“The victim and and her family members were seated in their vehicle outside a business premises when they were approached by two unidentified suspects. The suspects shot the nine-year-old and a relative, making off with their vehicle. The two injured victims were transported to hospital for medical treatment. Charges of carjacking and two counts of attempted murder were opened at Mayville SAPS for further investigation”, she said.

“The Inanda Cluster Trio Task Team spotted the car in Inanda and the suspects opened gunfire at the police officers. The police returned fire. Two suspects were shot dead”, Captain Gwala said. A 21-year-old suspect managed to flee the scene on foot and was arrested at a clinic in KwaMashu. He was later taken to hospital where he is under police guard.

The vehicle that was hijacked in Harbottle Road, a silver BMW, was recovered. An unlicensed pistol with three live rounds of ammunition was found at the scene.

“The recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic testing. Charges of attempted murder, possession of a suspected stolen property, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition are being investigated by Inanda SAPS. The IPID was also informed”, she said.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal praised the task team for the quick response in recovery of the hijacked vehicle and an unlicensed firearm.

“We are glad that no injuries were sustained by police officers while executing their duties. We are advising the criminals to rather hand themselves over because police will utilise all their resources to track them down”, he said.

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