Mitchells Plain in shock after shooting
Ten-year-old Jaylen Scalurd died when he was hit by a stray bullet outside his Beacon Valley home.
CAPE TOWN - The Mitchells Plain community is in shock following the death of a young boy as a result of suspected gang violence.
Jaylen Scalurd died when he was hit by a stray bullet outside his Beacon Valley home on Tuesday night.
The 10-year-old died in hospital.
Bouquets have been placed at the gate where Scalurd died.
A blood stain is still visible on the pavement outside his home.
Many Beacon Valley residents are visiting the family this afternoon to pay their respects.
Scalurd's mother refused to speak to the media, saying she is too distraught.
The area has been a hotbed for gang shootings in recent weeks.
Community members are calling for action from government.
At the same time, a 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he was shot in Delft.
Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Daniels says the incident may be linked to gang violence.
"He was rushed to Tygerberg Hospital and remains in a critical condition."
Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says gangsters are ruthless.
"We are very unhappy with the recent spate of kids being caught in gang crossfire, some of them shot and killed."
He says it's very disturbing considering the fact that rival gangs open fire not caring if they kill innocent people.
Sculurd's aunt, Amanda Baxter, says it's not safe for children to play outside.
Baxter says her son witnessed the fatal shooting.
"My son was with Jaylen when the incident happened. My son is not really speaking and he couldn't sleep last night. I was there to comfort him through the night."
Pictures by Abed Ahmed.