Investigations have commenced into a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man at Atonsu in Kumasi.
Maxwell Ahetor, a resident of Ahinsan Estate and a valuer with a construction firm, was on his way to deliver some documents to a friend when the incident occurred on Monday, at about 11:30 am, the police said.
Images widely shared online saw the lifeless body of the victim lying in a pool of blood as residents who appeared helpless scrambled to rescue him.
Witnesses say the victim was standing with his friend on a balcony when the attacker suddenly emerged and shot the deceased at close range.
“I was in my lotto kiosk when two men on a motorbike suddenly emerged. We suddenly heard a loud noise after one of them rushed into the house [to commit the crime]”, a witness told Dailymailgh.com.
The witness further narrated that: “The attacker who had returned from the scene was spotted with a shotgun. Before we realized, they had both sped off on their motorbike. We returned to the scene to find the victim lying unconscious and so we took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by medics.”
The attackers had bolted on a motorbike when the police rushed to the scene.
The police had denied earlier reports that the victim went to transact business at a bank nearby before the incident occurred.
Asokwa District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Christopher Owusu Mpiani said: “Initially what we heard was that the young man had gone to the bank to withdraw some amounts of money and had been robbed and shot. So police proceeded there, took him to the hospital but unfortunately we lost him.”
“Our investigations on the spot, however, revealed that he had not gone to withdraw money. According to his boss, he was supposed to deliver a valuation and land documents to another person when the attackers followed and attacked and shot him…He had not been to any bank to transact business”, he stressed.
The police chief, however, says efforts are underway to get the suspects arrested.
“It’s an act of cowardice…and the assurance is that we will do our best to follow on any leads that we have from this investigation and ensure that such persons are brought to book”, Chief Superintendent Christopher Owusu Mpianim stated.
The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) morgue pending autopsy.
Source: Daily Mail GH