South Africa 6.8.2014 02:15 pm

Second suspect arrested in Westbury toddler shooting

FILE PICTURE: Keenan Mokwena, the man who was involved in an apparent gang-related shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg over the weekend. The community is up in arms as Luke Tibbetts (3 year old) was shot in the head, leaving him on life support. Tibbetts dies in hospital on August 8. Picture: Valentina Nicol

FILE PICTURE: Keenan Mokwena, the man who was involved in an apparent gang-related shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg over the weekend. The community is up in arms as Luke Tibbetts (3 year old) was shot in the head, leaving him on life support. Tibbetts dies in hospital on August 8. Picture: Valentina Nicol

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of three-year-old Luke Tibbetts in Westbury, Johannesburg West on Saturday.

Johannesburg Central police spokesman Warrant Officer Gordon Billing confirmed that a “28-year-old man also wounded in the shooting” in which Luke was shot had been arrested.

In an interview with The Citizen, the man identified himself as Keenan Mokwena. He admitted to being involved in an altercation with the suspect but said he did not own a weapon let alone fire any shots.

Mokwena said he was the intended target for the stray bullet that had hit Luke in the head.

Billing said police investigations had led to Mokwena being identified as a suspect in the case.

“He will also face a charge of attempted murder and will likely appear in the Sophiatown Magistrate’s Court soon (within 48 hours).”

Mokwena’s aunt, community leader Shirley Cook, also confirmed her nephew’s arrest, saying he was taken into custody after being requested by police to bring his bullet-ridden vehicle to the police station.

“I’m not sure what’s going on or why they arrested him. I’m on my way to the police station now,” she told The Citizen.

On Monday the first suspect’s family said they had also laid charges against Mokwena, saying that on their version he was the shooter.

Luke remains on life support after he was hit in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mom’s lap in the back seat of a vehicle driving near the intersection of Steytler Road and Croesus Avenue last weekend.

 

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