Boy dies while playing with firearm

It’s understood the victim and a friend were playing with a firearm when it then accidently went off.

It’s understood the victim and a friend were playing with a firearm when it then accidently went off.

CAPE TOWN - The Mitchell's Plain Community Policing Forum believes a fatal shooting involving a 14-year-old boy could have been avoided.

It's understood the victim and a friend were playing with a firearm, reportedly shown to them at the weekend by an older man in Beacon Valley.

The gun then "accidentally" went off, fatally wounding the teenager.

The CPF's Abie Isaacs says the boy's death was senseless and made an appeal to gun owners to be extra vigilant.

"We are appealing to gun owners to be very careful in terms of making sure that they keep their firearms in the safe and ensure that the firearm is always where they left it the last time."

In July, 10-year-old Mitchells Plain boy Jaylen Scalurd, lost his life after being caught in gang crossfire.

He was hit by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting outside his Beacon Valley home.