Little girl, 9, dies in shootout between her dad and hijackers

Little girl, 9, dies in shootout between her dad and hijackers

On Monday, a 9-year-old girl died after getting caught in the crossfire of a shootout between her dad and three armed hijackers.

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Sardia Sukhraj was fatally wounded after a shootout occurred outside their Shallcross home near Chatsworth, on Monday morning.

Eyewitness News reported the child's father and the three men shot at each other after they attempted to hijack him.

Sukhraj was allegedly shot in the stomach and the three men got away in her father's car while she was still in it.

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However, learned the suspects collided with a truck while trying to escape. According to the police’s Nqobile Gwala, one of hijackers died on the scene.

"But the nature of the injuries are still unknown because the forensics team are still investigating. There was a 29-year-old suspect that was apprehended. An off-duty police officer witnessed the incident."

The third suspect it still at large.

Her family has since responded, saying they are devastated over the death of Sukhraj.

"She just celebrated her birthday on the 25th of February. She was a very bubbly child and she loved her family. She loved people, going out and enjoying herself with her family," her great aunt, Devika Sukhraj, said.

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