Girl battles for her life after being Shot in a crossfire in Scottsdene

Shanté Abrahams, 9-years-old, is still fighting for her life in a hospital after being shot and wounded in the neck in a crossfire involving a gang shooting in Scottsdene which has also left a 30-year-old woman injured and a 20-year-old man killed.

Shante was allegedly standing beside the 20-year-old man who was beautifying a community garden aimed at keeping youth away from gangsterism meters away from her house when the gang shooting in Scottsdene started.

“She was waiting for netball practise to commence when the shots were fired. She is currently still in hospital where they are waiting to operate. The bullet struck her in the neck, and now they have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can operate. She is currently in ICU,” said Hartnick, the family spokesperson.

Kraaifontein CPF chairperson Robert Bissette said the incident was suspected to be a drug war.

“The shooting in the communities is disgusting. The young girl who was shot and wounded in crossfire did not deserve that and neither do any of the innocent people affected by the continuous shooting. It is time that residents come together and unite against these evils in the community so we may root out criminals,” said Bissette.

Bissette added by saying some residents have been noticed to be protecting these perpetrators even as crime-fighting continues.

“This must stop, our communities are bleeding and we are sitting with a situation where residents, youngsters included, stone police vehicles when they respond to shootings further hampering efforts to make our communities safer. If people are afraid of the repercussions, there are ways to share information anonymously,” said Bissette.

“Kraaifontein SAPS are investigating a murder and two attempted murder cases after a shooting incident at Ashley Court, Park Avenue. Both injured victims were taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. The possibility that it may be gang-related will be investigated,” said Van Wyk, Police spokesperson.

Anyone with any information can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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