August 19 2006 at 02:22PM
A nine-year-old boy was shot dead in Centurion and his brother wounded when robbers tried to break into their house on Saturday morning, Pretoria police reported.
Inspector Katlego Mogale said the boy, his 47-year-old mother and 11-year-old brother were awakened by noises as two men tried to break into the house using crowbars at 3.30am.
When the men realised people were awake, they fired a shot through the door and it hit the younger boy in the neck, fatally wounding him, said Mogale.
She said the bullet also hit the boy's brother in the stomach and he was later taken to hospital where he underwent an emergency operation.
The men fled the scene.
Mogale also appealed to anyone with information on the men to call Crime-Stop on 08600-10111. - Sapa