Soweto shop owner arrested for killing teen

Police say the victim was among a group of boys who robbed the man's shop last night.

Police deployed to Doornkop on 20 January 2015 where foreign-owned shops were looted by angry residents. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A foreign shop owner in Doornkop, Soweto has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a teenage boy.

Police say the victim was among a group of boys who robbed the man's shop last night.

Residents subsequently went on a looting spree in the area and police have been deployed to the area in an bid to quell tensions.

Foreign shop owners have fled to places of safety.

Police are stationed at most foreign-owned shops after many business owners left saying they fear for their lives.

Some owners have locked themselves inside their shops while they wait to be taken to places of safety.

Many residents say they're angry that a boy in their community has been shot and killed.

Police say they will monitor the situation throughout the day to ensure shops are not targeted again.

Several roads leading into the area have been blocked with rocks and motorists have been forced to navigate around the rubble.

The police's Kay Makhubela says the teenage boy, together with his accomplices, broke into the shop late last night.

"He shot at two boys. One boy (15), was declared dead on the scene."