Mitchells Plain shooting: 13-year-old boy killed, three teens wounded

House burnt to the ground by a pyromaniac with a police tape with written in it "SA Police Service".

A 13-year-old boy was killed and three teenagers were injured in a shooting in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, on Thursday night.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, Colonel Andrè Traut said.

“According to reports, the occupants of a white vehicle opened fire at the victims. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this stage, and the suspects are yet to be arrested,” Traut added.

The incident took place at around 20:50 on the corner of Cadillac and Riley Streets in Beacon Valley.

The three people who were wounded are aged 14, 16 and 18.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said he was outraged by the shooting.

“I welcome SAPS’ swift response to this tragic shooting. Children should not grow up in fear of being shot or of violence. The Department of Social Development has rolled out psycho-social support to provide assistance to those in need.”

Fritz added that police had committed to launch a 72-hour activation plan to find the suspects.

“In addition, a task team has been set up to identify the perpetrators,” he said.

In another incident, police were called to a scene on the corner of Cadillac and Austin Streets, where the body of another teen was found with gunshot wounds to the neck.

Medical officials declared the 18-year-old dead at the scene, Traut said.

Cases of murder and attempted murder have been opened for investigation.

Fritz said: “In both instances, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured during the shootings. It is extremely alarming to see young people being targeted by violent crime. I will be visiting the families to pay my respects.”

Anyone who has information about the incidents can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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