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Three wounded in gang shootings

Three people were wounded in gang-related shootings in Hanover Park over the last few days.

Pupils from St George Primary in Lavender Hill are sent home because of gang violence. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Friday said they were investigating two cases of attempted murder after a child and a woman were wounded in gang-related shootings in Hanover Park.

It is believed the three-year-old girl and 55-year-old woman were caught in the crossfire on Thursday afternoon.

Officers said another man was wounded earlier on Friday.

Several shots were also fired at police officers patrolling the area.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut said several people were taken into custody.

"A 15-year-old and a 61-year-old were arrested for being in possession of two illegal 9mm firearms. Another seven suspects were also arrested."

On Thursday, pupils from a Lavender Hill primary school had to be sent home earlier than usual following a gang shooting in the area.

According to officials from the school, ongoing violence is affecting learners.

Meanwhile, a local crime researcher believes residents are increasingly losing hope in gang infested areas.

There has been a renewed spike in gang shootings in both Hanover Park and Lavender Hill after an eight-month-old treaty failed.

Academic Eldred de Klerk said many community members felt despondent.

"My concern is that the hope that was created within our communities, by brokering the peace deal, has now fallen apart."