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Man arrested in connection with PE toddler's murder

15 May 2018 11:50 AM
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Man arrested in connection with PE toddler's murder

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 2-year-old boy and the attempted murder of another, Eastern Cape police have said.

The suspect was arrested on Monday after police traced him to a tavern in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on Tuesday.

In November last year, the man allegedly approached a 17-year-old boy on an open field in the Helenvale area and shot at him.

The teen ran into the streets and the man continued shooting at him, said Naidu.

However, 2-year-old Akiem Baartman, who was playing in the streets at the time, was struck in the head by a bullet. It is believed the shooting was gang related, Naidu said.

The man is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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