GOBABIS: A woman and her two-year-old son are fighting for their lives in a Windhoek hospital, after both were shot in the head by the boy’s father on Sunday.
The two were transferred to Windhoek from the Gobabis District Hospital on Sunday for intensive care, due to the seriousness of their injuries.
The same perpetrator also allegedly shot a man in the arm, and also allegedly claimed the life of another woman whom he shot in the head at close range, before turning the gun on himself.
He died on the scene.
According to information obtained through reliable sources, the shooter and his live-in girlfriend had been arguing a day before the shooting. The girlfriend apparently suspected that her boyfriend, who ran a shebeen from their residence, was having a love affair with one of his employees who lives on the same premises.
When the argument became heated, the girlfriend left their common residence and slept over at her mother’s house, tagging her son along.
On Sunday morning, the boyfriend turned up at the mother’s house and demanded to see his girlfriend.
When the girlfriend refused to see him, he became violent and a verbal confrontation erupted between the girlfriend’s mother and the jilted lover.
The shooter then drew a gun and pointed it at his girlfriend. The 18-year-old brother of the girlfriend then apparently jumped in the way of the shot in an attempt to wrestle the gun from the man. He was shot in the arm.
The man followed the girlfriend, who had since sought cover inside the house, and shot her at close range in the head. He then turned the gun on his son and shot him too in the head.
After the shooting, the perpetrator returned to his residence, where he also apparently shot the bartender in cold blood. She died on the spot.
The Police confirmed that the man ended the ordeal by shooting himself in the head. Namibian Police (NamPol) Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel, said had the girlfriend’s mother not sought refuge at the neighbours during the scuffle, she too would have been shot.
“The man was on a mission to kill everyone in his way. Luckily the mother only sustained minor bruises.
These types of events are very serious, and I advise couples having problems to seek help and avoid taking the law into their own hands,” he said. According to Abel, the brother who was shot in the arm, was treated at the Gobabis Hospital and has since been discharged.
“He was lucky that the bullet did not lodge itself in the bone. His injury is not critical at this stage,” he said.
All people involved in the incident are yet to be identified. This is the third incident involving violence against women in the Omaheke Region this year.
Less than two weeks ago, a woman was stabbed to death by her lover at a settlement near Shaka, while earlier this year, another woman was hacked to death with a panga at Gobabis’s Single Quarters.