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Strand shooting victim's family faces anxious wait

Zaheda Peters was rushed to hospital after being shot, allegedly by her policeman boyfriend.

A police officer allegedly shot himself and his girlfriend at her Strand home. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Strand woman who was shot on Monday, allegedly by her police officer boyfriend, remains in a critical condition at Mediclinic Vergelegen in Somerset West, where she was rushed shortly after the shooting.

Zaheda Peters was shot in the head and shoulder at her Dolphin Street home in Strand shortly after 5am.

Warrant Officer Nevell du Toit, stationed in Macassar, shot himself and died on the scene.

Peters's uncle Noor Rhode says she remains in a critical condition and has undergone two operations.

"The current information that I've got is that she is still [in a] critical [condition] but has stabilised, and the doctor is very happy with her improvement."

Neighbours told Eyewitness News they heard gunshots ring out at about 5:30am in the morning followed by a woman's screams.

Police watchdog Ipid is investigating the matter and the motive for the shooting is still unclear.

Peters has undergone two operations at the Vergelegen Mediclinic and her uncle, Noor Rhode, says she remains in a critical condition.

Her medical team is said to be happy with her improvement.

"The current information that we've got is that she's critical but stable and the doctor is very happy with her improvement."