Nairobi, Kenya – A business man was shot five times by a lone gunman at his family home in Kabuti Village, Kirinyaga County, in front of his kinsmen, resulting to his untimely death.
The victim identified as Mr Stephen Kariuki, 41, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, was shot five times by a yet-to-be-identified gunman who was riding a motorcycle at 1 pm as he enjoyed a cup of tea with friends and family.
According local media, Nairobinews, the assailant, who had covered his face using a motorcycle helmet, walked into the sitting room of his grandmother’s house, where he was seated before he retrieved a firearm and shot the deceased thrice in the chest and twice in different parts of the body.
He had gone to his home to attend a mass conducted at his grandmother’s home when he was killed.
A person near the scene, identified only as Mr. Muturi said that the man threatened the rest of the mourners with a firearm before he boarded his motorbike, started the engine, and left.
“You could not tell that he was about to be killed, he was always very humble and calm as well. We were shocked when we were told that he had been shot dead,” said a lady who interacted with him that morning.
Mr. Kariuki worked in the matatu sector and at a company that ferries passengers to and from Embu county.
In a statement after the incident, Gichugu DCI boss Ms. Millicent Ochuka told the media that Mr. Kariuki was pronounced dead on arrival at the Kerugoya Referral Hospital.
She said that when the gunman shot the deceased, he also threatened his family members with the firearm he was carrying.
“The armed man told the family to allow him to eliminate Kariuki and if anyone dared to raise an alarm he would kill all family members present at the scene,” she said.
The deceased’s body was moved to Kibugi Funeral Home for storage as plans are underway to conduct an autopsy.