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Boy (11) Shoots Self Dead Using Father’s Gun

A man from Soweto has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide when his 11-year-old son allegedly used his firearm to fatally shoot himself.

The child’s friends, who were playing with him at the time, witnessed the tragic incident but were unharmed. The police have confirmed that the firearm used by the child had been stolen in the West Rand.

However, they declined to provide further details about the theft, stating that this information would be disclosed in court.

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The incident occurred on a Tuesday morning at approximately 11:30 am. According to Sgt Anthony Kholo, a spokesperson for Naledi police station, the child from Emndeni was playing with his friends when he went inside the house, entered his father’s bedroom, and began playing with a firearm, beckoning his friends to the window to show it to them as they stood outside.

“The two male friends were standing outside when suddenly the firearm went off and this was when they ran away from the scene unharmed,” police said.

Kholo also told Sowetan that while the incident happened in the morning around 11.30am, police were only summoned around 2pm.

He said there were suspicions that the family had tampered with the incident scene.

“The grandmother called the father who was not at home when the incident happened, and they removed the firearm and cartridges on the scene. The scene was completely tampered with,”

Kholo

“The grandmother called the father who was not at home when the incident happened, and they removed the firearm and cartridges on the scene. The scene was completely tampered with,” said Kholo.

The father was arrested and charged with culpable homicide and the possession of an unlicensed firearm. He is now in custody and expected to appear in court soon.

The grandfather of one of the children who witnessed the shooting said his grandson has not been the same since that day.

“On the day of the incident, these children were crying and struggled to even talk to the police. They told us that the deceased had shown them the gun even a day before the incident on the street. The family has decided to move the child to a relative for a few days,” said the man, who preferred to remain anonymous.

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