A/R: Bullets fly at high-powered NDC meeting; one dead, Mosquito, Ampofu escape unhurt

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A gunman identified by eyewitnesses as a member of vigilante group The Hawks, which is affiliated to the main opposition National Democratic Congress, on Monday, 18 February 2019 shot at a fellow party member during a regional executive meeting in Kumasi.

The shooter, according to the eyewitnesses, shot the victim thrice — first in the thigh, then in the belly and on the back as he fell to the ground.

One of the members of The Hawks began throwing tantrums that something was going to happen, according to the eyewitnesses, and the victim from the task force approached him and said nothing was going to happen.

It resulted in heated verbal exchanges and the member of The Hawks pulled a gun and shot the victim from the NDC task force, the eyewitnesses said.

The victim was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he died.

Another victim shot by the same gunman has sustained injuries but still alive.

The suspect is currently on the run.

Meanwhile, the party has issued a statement claiming gunmen on a motorbike drove by and fired at its supporters and sped off.

The statement, signed by the party’s regional secretary Kwame Zu, said: “Some men on motorbike wielding guns attacked a gathering outside, short indiscriminately and sped off”.

Read the NDC’s full statement below:

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS – ASHANTI REGIONAL SECRETARIAT

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON INCIDENT AT THE ASHANTI REGIONAL OFFICE ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2019

The Ashanti Regional Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress regrets to report that an unfortunate incident occurred at the party’s regional office today, Monday 18th February 2019.

The regrettable incident occurred while a meeting between the National Chairman, The General Secretary, a Deputy General Secretary and the Regional Executive Committee were ongoing. Some men on Motorbike wielding guns attacked a gathering outside, short indiscriminately and sped off.

We regret to announce that one of the two men who were shot has passed on and the other is in a critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). The National Chairman, General Secretary and the Regional Executive Committee have visited him at the hospital.

We request the police to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.

Signed,

Kwame Zu (Regional Secretary)

Mobile Contact: 0244986993

18th February 2019

Source:Ghana/Dinpafm.com/91.3

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