Child shooting: Suspect to appear in court

3-year-old Luke Tibbetts was shot during a gang crossfire in Westbury, Johannesburg.

Westbury residents vent their anger at the father of a man arrested for allegedly shooting three-year-old Luke Tibbets. Taken: 4 August 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Westbury community have vowed to protest when a 22-year-old man appears in court this morning, in connection with the shooting of a three-year-old boy.

Luke Tibbetts is in a critical condition in hospital after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout at the weekend.

He was sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them when the incident occurred.

Angry community members have vowed to take the law into their own hands, saying they've had enough of gangsterism in the area.

The accused's father visited his son at Sophiatown police station on Monday.

He says the community is being unfair.

"That's why I am fighting as well. You cannot say you're going to kill my child. Why? Give me a reason why you want to kill my child?"

The father says mob justice is not the answer.

Meanwhile, the police say witnesses pointed out the accused who was arrested in church on Sunday.

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

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.