Man arrested after boy (4) was killed in Hanover Park gang crossfire

The child was shot and killed earlier this month while visiting his grandmother in the area.

FILE: Officers also confiscated an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition. Picture: Stock.xchng

CAPE TOWN - A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy in Hanover Park.

The child was shot and killed in the area earlier this month.

The community has been rocked by deadly gang violence over the past few months.

The 40-year-old man was taken into custody on Christmas Day.

The slain child was from Hermanus and was visiting his grandmother in Hanover Park when he was caught in the crossfire if a shooting between two rival gangs.

Officers also confiscated an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

The seized firearm is believed to be the murder weapon.

The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.

SPIKE IN DEADLY GANG VIOLENCE

An Uitsig community leader says the festive season has seen a spike in deadly gang violence in the community.

In the latest incident on Christmas Eve, a 15-year-old boy was gunned down.

It's believed he was killed when two rival gangs exchanged fire in the area.

Community leader David Van Wyk said, "At the moment we are sitting with a big problem where gangs going up against each other and now innocent people are getting shot."

This is the third death since the implementation of a peace pact between rival gangs about five months ago.

All three of the victims are under the age of 18.