CHATSWORTH, DURBAN- Police at the scene of a hijacking in Durban on Monday are still trying to figure the circumstances that led to a 9-year-old girl being fatally shot during the botched attack.
The girl who has now been identified as Sadia Sukhraj, 9, was killed during a botched hijacking in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal.
Sadia Sukhraj, 9, was killed during a botched hijacking in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal on May 28 2018.
Sadia Sukraj succumbed to a gunshot wound in the stomach at Chatsmed Hospital‚ south of Durban.
Jakes Singh Chatsworth community policing forum chairman, said, “The hijackers drove away with the nine-year-old child. The hijacked vehicle was pursued by the child’s father‚ and then there was a shooting. We don’t know exactly how the child got shot and by whom.”
He said one of the hijackers sustained a fatal gunshot wound and Singh who was at the scene said investigators are still trying to piece the puzzles together, as too what exactly happened.
Captain Nqobile Gwala spokesperson for the KwaZulu Natal said the incident happened outside the girls home, Gwala said, “Everything is still fresh and sketchy. We are trying to gather every bit of information at the moment. This entire road is closed‚” he said.
“At 7.30am the victim (the father) was at the family home when he was accosted by three armed suspects who took his vehicle. There was a shooting and the suspects sped off with the nine-year-old girl.”
“The suspects collided with a truck and the nine-year-old girl sustained injuries and was taken to hospital‚”
“The nature of his injuries is still unknown because the forensic team is still busy. A 39-year-old suspect was apprehended by an off-duty police official who witnessed the incident‚”
Mahendra Lillkan a community memeber said, “The community is shocked and saddened by this incident. We just don’t know what to say. General house-breakings have been continuing but hijackings seemed to be under control. We are surprised by what happened this morning.”
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