Crime in Cape Town seems to be getting out of hand but the police is making relentless efforts to see that it is curtailed.

An alleged gang leader , who has been involved in various crimes has been arrested in Belhar in Cape Town after a shootout with police. He was wounded and a teenage bystander also sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said police members had come under fire while on patrol in Belhar and had returned the fire.

“In the shootout a 24-year-old suspect was shot in the leg and a firearm seized. He is believed to be a well known gang leader in the area. He has been taken to hospital under police guard.

“Meanwhile it was discovered that a 14-year-old teenage girl who was a bystander sustained a gun shot during the shootout‚” Rwexana said‚ adding that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) had been called to the scene.

“In line with Operational Command Centre’s (OCC) objective of a speedy response to priority crimes all role players from the Blue Downs cluster Operational Command Centre were activated. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon‚” she said.