Police officers in Bonteheuwel have an almighty task on their hands, as the local community is demanding swift justice for the murder of a two-year-old child. The incident happened in the Cape Town suburb on Wednesday evening, and the youngster's father was also gunned down.
It's understood that the pair were ambushed during a visit to the shops, when two unidentified male suspects stepped out of a car and opened fire on the father and son. A hail of bullets fatally injured both, with the parent in question being declared dead on the scene.
Two-year-old shot dead in Cape Town
SAPS released a statement on the matter earlier this afternoon. The police revealed that the toddler was taken to hospital, but sadly succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment. The perpetrators made a swift getaway, but the local branch of law enforcement is adamant they will secure justice for the family:
"Bishop Lavis police are hard at work probing a shooting incident where a two-year-old child died after he and his father came under fire last night in Bonteheuwel."
"Reports at the disposal of police indicate that a 31-year-old man was walking from a nearby shop on Bonteheuwel Avenue at 19:15, carrying the child when a vehicle stopped next to them. Two unidentified males climbed out and started shooting at the pair."
"The father died on the scene and the injured child was taken to hospital. It was later reported the child died at the Red Cross Children's Hospital from injuries sustained."SAPS statement
Bonteheuwel shooting: Police issue urgent appeal
The police are desperate for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and share their accounts of this heinous crime. Those who might be able to assist in expediting the police investigation are urged to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Lorenzo Ahrendse, on 079 894 1776.
#sapsWC Bishop Lavis police is hard at work probing a shooting incident where a 2-year-old child died after he and his father came under fire last night in Bonteheuwel. Info -> Investigating Officer / Sgt Lorenzo Ahrendse on 0798941776 or #CrimeStop MEhttps://t.co/AfVXq0FfdH pic.twitter.com/CTfBTvyT7X— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) June 4, 2020