CT woman critical after being shot by her son

A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his mother in the head and arm in Athlone.

It’s alleged the man shot his mother twice, in the back of the head and in the arm. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A 72-year-old mother is in a critical condition after she was shot in the head, allegedly by her son.

The woman was taken to Groote Schuur hospital, while the 40-year-old man has been arrested.

The shooting took place in Oasis Street in Athlone this afternoon.

It's alleged the man shot his mother twice - in the back of the head and in the arm.

Athlone residents say they are shocked by news of the shooting.

Curious neighbours at the crime scene say they were under the impression the mother and son were close.

They said they did not hear gun shots.

It's believed the alleged shooter called the police himself.

The police's Noxolo Rexwana says a case of attempted murder is being investigated.

"A case of attempted murder is under investigation after an incident occurred this afternoon in Athlone; a 40-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with attempted murder and is expected in the Athlone Magistrate Court on Monday."