Cape Town – The last image a grandchild has of her grandmother is the one she was shot on her birthday.
Denise Roman was sitting in her living room after her grandson’s sixth birthday party, but was left with a bullet in the head after a cheeky gunman entered her house shooting at her.
The shooter was apparently chasing a rival gang member who, looking for an escape, saw an open door and ran into Denise’s house on Farrier Street in Westridge.
The 63-year-old grandmother was sitting with her sister, Shirley Rossouw, 53, when the incident happened on Monday evening.
Mitchells Plain’s wife was pronounced dead four hours after the shooting.
Shirley explains, “She was taken to the hospital by an ambulance, she suffered a head injury.
“Around midnight we got a call from a doctor who suggested we come in the morning, but I insisted that we go after the call.
“When we got to the hospital, the doctor gave us my sister’s clothes and said she did not survive.
Shirley says that Monday night Denise was in a good mood.
“It was like she knew it would be her last day, she usually would skel to (scold) the kids for playing loud music, but that day she was happy and was dancing with them as they took videos of her.
“At around 8 pm the music was already off and we were sitting in the living room when a tall man from around the corner ran into our house while someone behind him was shooting.
“I quickly went into the kitchen to grab the kids and my sister was behind me. She turned to the man, who had shot her in the forehead and fell into the bedroom, where her grandchild and great-grandchild were watching movies.
She adds that the shooter casually returned through the front door while the neighbor escaped through the back.
The traumatized woman says she told Denise’s only child to keep talking to her while they called an ambulance.
“Her son spoke to her until the ambulance came and took her away.
Shirley says the six-year-old birthday boy, who saw his grandmother fall inside the room, was extremely traumatized.
She says that while the parents were fixing the broken door, the boy ran around the house because of the beatings.
“We are waiting for the police to come and advise the whole family because we are all devastated by what happened.
“Denise was our parent, sister and friend on whom we all depended.
SAPS Captain FC van Wyk said a murder case had been opened for investigation without any arrests.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Angus November of the Mitchells Plain Serious and Violent Crime Investigation Department on 082 777 8076.