The school holidays got off to a traumatic start for this 14-year-old girl who was shot and wounded during a gang attack.
Jadé Sawyers is lucky to be alive after she was shot behind the ear while at a shop on Monday afternoon.
The bullet got tangled in her hair and lodged just under her skin.
The teen was at a shop in 8th Avenue, Bokmakierie, when suspected gangsters opened fired on rivals who were sitting outside the shop.
“I bought a cooldrink and while I was waiting for my change, two guys came from 9th Avenue and started shooting,” says Jade.
“The next thing I had a bullet in my head. It got stuck in my hair but I didn’t immediately realise I was hit,” she says.
Jadé was rushed to hospital where the bullet was removed.
Her aunt Mary-Ann Nyman, 56, says doctors removed the bullet.
“They just pulled her hair and it fell out,” she says.
“They showed her the bullet and she was traumatised. She was in tears because she thought she was going to die,” she adds.
A 34-year-old man was shot in his leg in the same incident.
Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk says the suspects are still at large.
“Unidentified (gunmen) shot at a house in 8th Avenue Bokmakierie. An attempted murder case was opened for investigation,” Van Wyk says.