Soldier shoots 4 people dead, injures 3 others in Kadoma

A suspected Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer shot dead four people, leaving three others seriously injured at Wanganui Shopping Centre, Turf, in Kadoma on Saturday (Christmas Day) around 6pm.

In a statement, police said; “The ZRP is investigating a shooting incident which occurred at Wanganui Shopping Centre, Turf, Kadoma on December 25, 2021, at about 1800 hours, where four people were shot dead while three others were seriously injured after a misunderstanding.

“It is alleged that an unidentified suspect from Caviga Farm, Kwekwe who was drinking beer at the shopping centre was involved in a brawl with one of the victims before a mob joined in and pursued the suspect. The suspect fired shots in the air and eventually shot seven people.”

Unconfirmed reports say the soldier was accused of having an affair with a 15-year-old girl and was confronted about it by the father with the eventual assistance of a mob that came to help him.

Matters escalated and the soldier fired into the crowd after firing a few warning shots.

He shot seven people in total. Three died on the spot, and another died while he was being ferried to the hospital. Three other people who were seriously injured are currently admitted at the Chegutu Hospital.