A 14-year-old black boy who allegedly went on a shooting rampage in Berea, Johannesburg on Thursday, firing nine rounds in broad daylight at people walking in the street, is back at home while one of his victims, who he shot four times at close range, is fighting for her life.
As workers and residents were enjoying their lunch outdoors, they saw a boy casually walking down the road shooting randomly at anyone he saw.
The attack started in Lily Avenue when he shot at a man in a parked car, narrowly missing him. He then fired at a pedestrian, missing him. He turned into Alexandra Street, where he shot another pedestrian in the leg.
Further down the road, he walked up to a 42-year-old woman who works as a cleaner in the Metropolitan building, and fired twice at close range, hitting her in the head and an arm.
He strolled away, but changed his mind, returned and fired two more shots, again at close range, hitting her in the arm and abdomen. It appears he knew her, as they live in the same backyard informal settlement a few streets away.
As she lay bleeding, the teen carried on strolling down the street, randomly firing his last bullets, one of which hit him in the foot.
He was taken to hospital and kept under police guard until he was discharged over the weekend into the custody of his parents.
Berea residents are furious that he is allowed to walk freely in the streets.