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Another child falls victim to gang violence

The 5-year-old and her mother were at their neighbours' house in Delft when two men allegedly opened fire.

A five-year-old girl who was shot and wounded yesterday by suspected gangsters is now recovering in hospital. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - A five-year-old girl who was shot and wounded yesterday by suspected gangsters is now recovering in hospital.

The child and her mother were at their neighbours' house in Delft when two men allegedly opened fire.

A stray bullet hit the young girl in the foot.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said the mother rushed her child to the hospital.

"It's alleged two male suspects fled the scene on foot and we're investigating a charge of attempted murder."

This is the latest incident where a child was caught in the crossfire of crime.

Three-year-old Luke Tibbetts is currently in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them on Saturday.

Twenty two-year-old Lindray Khakhu made his first appearance in the Sophiatown Magistrates Court this morning.

Last month, four-year-old Taegrin Morris was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.

In another incident last month, a five-year-old girl was shot in the back in Wesbank near Delft in suspected gang-related violence.

In a separate incident, a one-year-old girl was discharged from hospital last month after she was wounded in gang crossfire in the same area.

She was admitted to the health facility following a drive-by shooting .

The toddler was in her mother's arms while walking to a nearby shop when the incident occurred.