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CT girl (6) wounded in gang shooting

A Cape Town girl is in a critical condition, after a shootout between rival gangs on Saturday.

Leeana van Wyk was shot in the head on 15 September 2012, during a shootout between rivalry gangs in Hanover Park, Western Cape. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A six-year-old Cape Town girl is in a critical condition, after she was wounded in a shootout between rival gangs on John Down Walk in Hanover Park.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut said the girl was caught in the crossfire that ensued shortly after 6pm on Saturday.

Leeana Van Wyk was shot in the head and remains in a critical, but stable, condition in hospital.

A boy (7) suffered a minor wound in the attack.

Van Wyk's mother Louise, who was being comforted by relatives, on Sunday told Eyewitness News she was still trying to make sense of the tragedy.

Traut said two men, aged 34 and 37, were arrested and charged with attempted murder for the "ruthless attack".

The pair was apprehended shortly after the incident, when police raided homes in the area.

Two firearms were confiscated, added Traut.

THE FIGHT AGAINST GANG VIOLENCE CONTINUES

Hanover Park residents say yesterday's shooting is a sign authorities are nowhere near winning the fight against gangsterism.

Parents say authorities should find ways to end the violence, as they can no longer bear to see their children being shot or killed brutally.

Gang violence has been a major problem in the Western Cape and signed peace accords have often been abandoned.