Westbury demands justice for toddler
Luke Tibbetts is fighting for his life after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout.
JOHANNESBURG - Protesting members of the Westbury community are demanding to see the man arrested in connection with an incident of suspected gang violence that saw a three-year-old boy being shot in the head.
The residents have also threatened to take the law into their own hands if they're not given access to the 22-year-old man, who is being detained at the Sophiatown Police Station.
Tempers flared inside the police station when the suspect shouted through the window of his police cell that only "God can judge him".
Luke Tibbetts is fighting for his life in hospital after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout on Sunday.
He was sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them when the incident occurred.
A witness who was in the car said she heard the boy's mother scream that her son had been shot.
The boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and placed on life support.
Tibbetts's family members, along with the chairperson of the local community policing forum and Westbury residents, have threatened to deal with the suspect themselves.
The suspect is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Earlier on Monday, the child's friends accompanied by their teachers marched to the police station holding up posters which read 'bring back the death penalty'.
Tibbetts's teacher at Hamilton Memorial Pre-School says the community has had enough of violence in the area.
"We just want justice for Luke. He is a baby."
The incident comes just three weeks after the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris who was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.