Gang shooting victim still in coma

Leeana van Wyk (6) who was hit in the head during a gang fighting crossfire, remains in a coma.

Leeana van Wyk was shot in the back of the head when gangs clashed at John's Down Walk, Hanover Park. Saturday 15 September 2012. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Monday said two men were arrested in connection with the shooting of a six-year-old girl in Hanover Park.

The police's Andre Traut said both men will appear on a charge of attempted murder.

The mother of a six-year-old Leeana van Wyk who is in a coma after being caught in a gang shooting crossfire said she wanted those responsible to be prosecuted.

Leeana was shot in the head while playing with her friend when members of rival gangs clashed at Johns Down Walk in Hanover Park on Saturday evening.

On Sunday there were conflicting reports from police and the Van Wyk family that the child had succumbed to her wounds.

Officers said the family had also given them a sworn statement that the little girl was dead.

Residents were angered by the shooting and are worried about the gang problem in Hanover Park.

"Our community are not standing together in this place. Every time a child's life ends, nothing is done," one resident said.

Another, who who saw the girl get shot said, "She was playing with a ball and then the gangsters came and they were running with their guns and she got shot."

A seven-year-old boy was also wounded during the shooting.