Boy, 3, shot in the head

A three-year-old boy has been caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out in Westbury in Johannesburg.

A three-year-old boy has been caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot out in Westbury in Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A three-year-old boy has been caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot-out in Westbury in Johannesburg.

He was shot in the head and is critically wounded.

The boy was travelling in a vehicle with his mother, three other children and two adults when gunfire erupted.

A mother in the back of the vehicle shouted out that her child had been shot.

A witness who was in the car said, "As we were driving we heard a loud bang and I felt the glass on my face and the mother of the child started screaming 'my son has been shot'."

This is the latest incident where children have been caught in cross fire.

Taegrin Morris, 4, was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg a few weeks ago when he was dragged for a long distance behind his parents' hijacked car.

A 26-year-old man travelling in a different vehicle was also wounded in the arm.

Police spokesperson Gordan Billings says, "Occupants in two passing vehicles were hit by the stray bullets, one being a three-year-old child. It's unclear what the motive of the shooting was, it's also unclear how many shots were fired."