Did he have to die? Puzzle of boy, 7, shot dead on Tuesday
This is the picture of the seven-year-old boy who was gunned down on Tuesday as he was playing on the balcony of his father’s house in Pipeline, Nairobi.
Nairobi County Police Commander Japhet Koome has denied that police were involved in the shooting of a 7-year-old boy in Pipeline on Tuesday.
Mr Koome said suspects would be apprehended soon.
There was outrage on Tuesday after young Geoffrey Mutinda was hit by a bullet while he was playing on the first floor balcony of his father’s apartment. He died on the spot.
His father, Peter Mutuku, however, insists that police officer are responsible.
“We do not know why the police shot. They were riding on a motorcycle and shooting indiscriminately,” Mr Mutuku said.
A resident, who asked not to be named, said the officers who were in plainclothes and are stationed at the nearby AP Camp in Tassia.
He said eight policemen on four motorcycles were moving around the estate when the shooting happened.
A pregnant woman was also shot on the balcony and is admitted at Machakos Hospital.
Residents, who accused police of executing the minor, blocked roads to prevent police from picking the body.
Baby Mutinda’s body was picked at 5am on Wednesday.
Mutinda, a class two pupil at Remedy Academy Mwala, Machakos, was shot in the head.
While the father lives in Pipeline, he lived with his mother Elizabeth Katungwa in Mwala. The two had come visiting for Christmas.