An 8 year old girl was killed in the Phomolong informal settlement, Mamelodi East, Pretoria, early on Thursday morning when a neighbour allegedly tried to shoot his wife, Gauteng police said.
The eight-year-old girl was asleep when the couple in a neighbouring shack began arguing, Captain Johannes Maheso said.
“The wife ran into the neighbour’s shack and the husband followed her. While they were inside together with the neighbour… the man took out a firearm and shot at the wife.”
The bullet missed her, went through the wall and hit the eight-year-old girl sleeping in the next room. She died on the scene.
The 50-year-old man was arrested and would appear in the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court soon to face charges of murder and attempted murder.
The firearm was confiscated.