From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah .
At least one person is confirmed dead and three others in very critical condition when a business man who resides at Kasoa and Mpota in the Central Region reportedly opened fire on them at Mpota on Saturday afternoon.
The shooting incident occurred at about 12:50 p.m. following an alleged fierce confrontation over a parcel of land.
The suspect, Bright Duah, who officially reported himself to the police after the shooting, alleged that about eight men armed with a pump action gun and cutlasses attacked and shot at him on a piece of land at Mpota.
In his testimony, he said he escaped unhurt and rushed to his house located about 100 metres away, picked up his pump action gun, and shot at his alleged attackers, injuring four in the process.
At the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Centre, three victims namely, Benjamin Sarfo, 23, a resident of Winneba, Isaac Tetteh, 32, a resident of Sowutom, and Ebenezer Mensa, 30, from Kantanka Factory, were found with gunshot wounds.
A 27-year-old man, Kofi Mireku, who is an apprentice at the Kantanka Factory, was found dead with his body riddled with bullets.
Information obtained from the police disclosed that when the scene of the incident, which is about a kilometre away from suspect’s house, was visited, blood and other material evidence were found to have been cleaned by unknown persons.
However, five empty cases of BB cartridges were recovered from Lance Corporal Alex Gyamena of 48 Engineers Regiment, Teshie, who has land close to the scene and happened to be one of the first respondents at the scene.
According to the police, he indicated that he collected the cartridges a few minutes after the incident to secure them. Additionally, one other empty BB cartilage casing was also found at the scene about 100 metres away from suspect’s house where the initial confrontation happened.
“Exhibit pump action gun with serial No. T088347 used by suspect was retrieved, and on examination, five live BB cartridges were found loaded in the chamber,” DSP Irene Oppong, who speaks for the Central Regional Police, confirmed.
She disclosed that the suspect carried the victims in his own car to the Trauma Centre for medical attention, after shooting at them. A pump action gun with serial No. T08847, five live and six empty BB cartridge cases have been retained for further investigations.