Travelers at the Kisumu bus park were on Friday morning forced to run for their dear life after a trigger-happy man went berserk.
In an incident that is akin to a plot straight from a crime movie, the balaclava man tiptoed towards a traffic police officer who was busy controlling traffic, pushing him on the tarmac road.
A struggle ensued but the assailant disarmed the police officer; he swiftly unholstered the firearm from the officer’s waist, chambered a cartridge and went on a shooting spree.
Using the semi automatic Ceska Pistol, the man shot the cop at the pelvic, the bullet exiting through the stomach. Senselessly, with the balaclava only revealing his eyes, he started shooting indiscriminately at people.
The shooting left two people killed on the spot, while five others seriously injured.
Were it not for one courageous officer who tactically intervened, the situation could have been more worse. The officer, attached to the bus park followed the man stealthily from behind, grabbed him and with the help of some civilians, pinned him to the ground.
“Unfortunately, after the few minutes of terror, two men lay dead and five others including a woman were writhing in pain on the ground with serious injuries.
“The injured were rushed to Kisumu County Referral Hospital, one of them in critical condition, with the Officer fighting for dear life at the Agha Khan Hospital in Kisumu,” says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Police now say that the man who was killed by an irate mob was a most wanted criminal, who had terrorised residents in the area.
Upon searching the body of Glen Ochieng, 21, three national identification (IDs) bearing different names were found.
One of the ID’s correctly identified him as Glen Ochieng. The other two identified him as Joseph Otieno Masaka of ID number 30907236 and Joseph Odeny Mutula.