Police are investigating the murder of a 10-year-old boy who was shot and killed when he was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs in Manenberg in Cape Town on Friday morning.

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This comes barely two days after a four-year-old girl was killed when she got caught in the crossfire of rival gangs in Ottery.

Police said detectives are probing the death of a ten-year-old boy following a shooting incident around 10:30 on Friday morning.

The shooting happened on the corners of Priscilla Ngeni and Chemist Mlungu Streets in Tambo Village.

“It is believed that five unknown suspects fired randomly at each other and that the victim was caught in the crossfire of these rival gangs. He was admitted to hospital, where he later succumbed to death.”

Police have appealed to anyone with information on the shooting to contact them.

“If you can shed any light on the matter or know who the perpetrators are, kindly contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111, where your identity will be protected.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, along with Councillor William Akim, visited the family of four-year-old Scarlett Cottle, who was killed in a shooting on Wednesday night.

Minister Albert Fritz has issued a call on SAPS and all law enforcement agencies to do everything in their power to bring the killers to book.

“The City’s Gang Unit and the SAPS Anti-Gang Unit are conducting major operations in the Ottery area to deal with the flare-up of violence. The Department of Community Safety is also furthermore monitoring the situation closely and is ready to deploy LEAP Officers to affected areas if needs be.”

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According to spokesperson Wade Seale, the little girl was reading a book in bed on Wednesday evening when three gunmen opened fire on the wendy house in which she lives.

“Scarlett was wounded in the shooting and taken to hospital, where she later died. A 48-year old man was also injured in the shooting and is presently recovering in hospital.”

Seale said it is suspected that the shooting is linked to gang violence in the area.

“I am calling on SAPS to do everything in their power to ensure that these thugs are brought to book and face the full might of the law. We are also monitoring the situation very closely and are ready to deploy LEAP officers to affected areas to quell any further violence.”

“There are community members who have information that can assist SAPS. I want to appeal to you to please come forward. Stand with us in the fight against gangsterism in our communities. Don’t protect these thugs,” Frits said.

He also extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Scarlett.

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“I want to say that your pain and your grief affect all of us. Today, we stand with you. We are never going to accept that the danger in which our children have to live in is normal. It is not normal. We reject it. And we are going to fight this fight for and on behalf of our citizens for as long as we have to. The thugs will not win.”

Anyone with information about the incident that could assist the police in their investigations is urged to contact the police on 08600 10111 or via the MySAPS App.

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