Feb 12 2012 Shaiden Trickett 7 was shot, loses finger in cross-fire by armed-robber gang, sister Astyn, 5 badly traumatised, Meyerton Pretoria
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2012-02-13 Seven-year-old Shaiden Trickett lost a pinkie when he was shot by an armed gang in Meyerton while seated in his mom's car with his five-year-old sister Astyn and his mom.
The children are badly traumatised, writes Naspers journalist Riata Nel.
The children were waiting with their mom Jean for their grandmother who'd gone to shop at Pick 'n Pay in Meyerton when they heard crashing noises, a gun shot - and then Shaiden was shot.
Mrs Trickett said she saw security guards running past. Apparently a gang had just robbed a jewellery store and fled when shots were fired.
A bullet hit Shaiden seated on the back seat of the car.
"If he hadn't turned back his head after hearing the noise, the bullet would have gone through his head or a shoulder.'
The boy was lucky: paramedic Riaan Jordaan was nearby and immediately helped to stop the copious bleeding from his hand.
The bullet damaged a bone and most of his pinkie had to be amputated.
The children spoke to a trauma-specialist Sunday. "They got a bad fright',' said their mom. "But he's my superhero,' quipped the mom. "He tried to cath bullets with his hand.'
The gang 's get away car a Nissan Hardbody, was located abandoned at the Kookrus railway station.