Situation remains tense at the Makindye Military barracks as investigations into the late afternoon shooting by “gone bonkers” soldier Sgt. Isaac Obua that left 7 dead and scores injured gets underway.
UPDF and Defence spokesman, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda says three woman and three children were killed when Obua opened fire shooting indiscriminately. One killed women was a UPDF officer. The others were wives to Obua’s colleagues. The number rose to 8 including Obua who was “put out of action” by his fellow soldiers.
Three other yet to be identified people sustained injuries in the rocket gunfire and are admitted in critical condition. It is not yet clear what prompted Obua, whom his colleagues described as a “jolly and humble” man to do such a heinous act.
“He was inside his house, then suddenly he came out and what we heard next was rapid sporadic gun fire that left seven close people to him dead,” said a colleague who preferred not to be named. He was at the quarter guard when he heard the gunshots.
Capt Edward Birungi, the spokesperson of Military police told The Investigators that investigations are underway prompting all roads within the barracks to be sealed off for the moment.
The security at the barracks has been intensified and the entire highly guarded military installation cordoned off. The hunt is on for Obua’s wife who is reported on the run and hiding.
Neighbours’ told The Investigator that for the previous days, Obua has been having issues with his wife and mother to his kids. Meanwhile the bodies of the Slain four women and three children are now at the Mulago hospital mortuary for postmortem.