Gunman Kills One, Injures Seven

ONE person was killed and seven others were injured after a 32-year-old gunman from Onamindi village in the Okalongo constituency in Omusati region went on a shooting rampage at Omutundungu village on Friday night.

The suspect allegedly also shot to death two cattle and injured four others at two different homesteads.

The deceased was identified as Otto Namwenyo (41).

According to the Omusati police public relations officer, warrant officer Lineekela Shikongo, who confirmed the reports, the suspect raped a 14-year-old girl in the same village before running amok.

Shikongo said on that day, the suspect first shot his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun, severely injuring her at Omutwewonjamba location before proceeding to the cuca shops in the same location where he shot and injured two people.

The gunman then went on to the third cuca shop where he shot and injured three more people, and left one dead before he ran off into the omahangu fields.

“After the suspect ran off, the community members alerted the police, who, upon arrival,

found the suspect gone. We could not track him at that time,” said Shikongo.

Shikongo further said after the gunman had run away, he shot at people at Onambome village who were sifting omahangu grains in the field. He injured one.

The warrant officer said the suspect was arrested while he was on the way to the border with Angola. He also said the police had to shoot the suspect in the arm and the leg to subdue him because he was resisting arrest.

Some of the injured people are reportedly receiving treatment at district hospitals in the region, while his ex-girlfriend was taken to Oshakati State Hospital where the suspect was also admitted.

Shikongo said the police do not know yet what caused the heinous crimes, however, they were investigating the matter. He said that the suspect will only appear in court, once he is discharged from the hospital.

“I want to warn people with firearms to always keep them in safe places and avoid negligence as it can cost them their lives or that of others. Such crimes can be prevented only if people start to look after their properties,” Shikongo warned.

Source : The Namibian