Three hurt in gang gunfire



September 21, 2016
Three hurt in gang gunfire

UNSAFE: Victim went to the shop to buy a loaf of bread

A cripple, a woman and a teen were shot in suspected gang attacks.

At least three innocent people, including an amputee, were shot and wounded during gang-related attacks in a Mitchells Plain neighbourhood this week.

A 16-year-old boy, a woman and 68-year-old amputee, Henry van Coller, were shot in separate attacks in Tafelsig.

The teen was shot in his leg while the woman was hit on her chest and arm, and Henry was shot in his abdomen during a retaliation shooting.

A relative, Andrew Swartz, 51, says Henry managed to get home where he collapsed.

Henry is on crutches after his right leg was amputated just below the knee.

“He went to the shop to buy a loaf of bread,” Andrew says.

“He didn’t want to go to the shop [closest to him] because the gangs were first shooting on that side.

“So he went to another shop further down and on his way home [rival gangs] went to shoot on that side.

“He was caught in the shootout and was hit. He gathered the strength to get home on his crutches because he was scared that people would run him over,” adds Andrew.

All the victims are still recovering in hospital.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed the incidents.

“This office can confirm that a shooting in occurred on 19 September 2016 about 6.30pm in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, he says.

“No one has been arrested at this stage,” he says.

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