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Another toddler falls victim to violent crime

Luke Tibbetts (3) was in a car with his mother when he was shot in the head.

FILE: Luke Tibbetts (3) was in a car with his mother when he was shot in the head. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - A three-year old boy from Westbury, who was wounded during an apparent shootout over drug territory is in serious condition in hospital.

Luke Tibbetts was travelling in a vehicle with his mother, three other children and two adults when he was shot in the head on Saturday.

A witness who was in the car said she heard the boy's mother scream her son had been shot.

The boy was then rushed to hospital in a critical condition and was placed on life support.

Family members who gathered outside of the Garden City Hospital in Johannesburg say Tibbett's shooting is a tragedy for the entire community of Westbury.

The boy's father says he is tired of the West Rand suburb being terrorised by gang activity.

"Look what happened, an innocent baby was shot."

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

The Tibbetts family say a march is being organised today to raise awareness about crime in the area.

The family say they have not lost hope that the boy will recover.

The boy's grandmother, Bernadette Tibbetts, says the family is distraught.

"We are very emotional and very stressed-out. His mother said that she's got all the hope that her boy will get out of it and he is going to be fine. He will recover, we all believe that."

One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

This comes just three weeks after the murder of four-year-old Taegrin Morris.

Morris was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg when he was dragged for a long distance behind his parents' hijacked car.