Four-month-old baby escapes fatal shooting
The Acting Provincial Commissioner for Eastern Cape, Maj Gen Andre Swart applauded the swift reaction of police members in apprehending a 20-year-old gang affiliate allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man and injuring of his 4-month-old son.
It is alleged that today at about 16:50, two suspects affiliated to the Hondekoppe gang was seen walking down Bibby Avenue in Bloemendal firing as they walked. When the residents of a house saw them entering the yard, they ran out through the back door. The suspects entered the bedroom where Dillon Barnard (21) and his 4-month-old son was sleeping. They fired several shots at Barnard thus fatally wounding him. The child sustained a graze wound on his chest and was taken to hospital by private transport prior to police arrival.
Members of the Visible Gang Intervention Team were in the area and upon hearing the shots, they immediately responded. With the help of the community, two suspects were seen running between houses. The members saw one suspect with a firearm in his hand exit the back of the house into Bardien Street. They chased the suspect both on foot and with the police vehicle. He was cornered in a yard in Bardien Street.