Child shooting: Second suspect arrested

The suspect is expected to appear in court tomorrow to face a charge of attempted murder.

Protesting members of the Westbury community demand 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 on 4 August 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed a second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts in Westbury.

Tibbetts remains on life support in hospital after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them on Saturday.

Warrant Officer Gordon Billing says the latest suspect was wounded in the shooting.

"A 28-year-old person who was injured in the incident was identified as one of the suspects and will be charged with the same charges as the first suspect."

The man is expected to appear in court as early as tomorrow to face a charge of attempted murder.

Firearms used in the shooting have not yet been recovered.

The first suspect, Lindray Khakhu made his first appearance in the Sophiatown Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that Khakhu is facing three other criminal cases including attempted murder charges.

He will be back in court next week.

Meanwhile, forensic experts are searching for clues at the crime scene in Westbury.

Experts have marked the bullet holes in the wall and are trying to collect more evidence to present their case against the second suspect.

Khakhu's family has complained that the second suspect opened fire on him.


Recently, there have been a number of incidents reported where a child has been caught in the crossfire of crime.

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.

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.