BREAKING NEWS: Police arrest suspect in murder of two-year-old in PE

THE police have arrested a suspect in connection with the killing of a two-year-old boy in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, in November last year.

Police spokesman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on November 18 last year, a 17-year-old teenager was sitting on the steps of his home when a man approached him from an open veld and started shooting at him.

The youth ran into the street with shots being fired at him. A two-year-old boy, Akiem Baartman, who was playing nearby, was shot in the head and died instantly.

The youth was wounded in the neck in what was believed to be a gang-related shooting.

On Monday, the provincial gang investigation unit arrested a 22-year-old man in Gelvandale. He is believed to be a member of the Upstand Dogs gang.

He will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court on Thursday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Acting cluster commander for the Mount Road cluster, Brigadier Andrew Louw, thanked the community for their assistance in tracing the suspect who had managed to evade arrest since the shooting.


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