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Kotobabi residents demand investigation into fatal shooting incident

December 19, 2023
Kotobabi Police Station

Residents of Kotobabi in are urging a comprehensive police investigation into the killing of a young woman in the area last Saturday.

The incident occurred when the woman was waiting for public transport at a bus stop near the Kotobabi Police Station. An unidentified man, attempting to apprehend the driver of a Toyota Camry, shot her and fled the scene.

While the police attributed her death to a stray bullet during an anti-robbery operation, eyewitnesses questioned the circumstances of the lady's tragic death. Some residents intervened to have her body taken to the 37 police morgue.

“I just saw a Camry coming at top speed, so I moved forward to see what the sound was. Then, when the Camry came to pass, I saw a man with a gun who came to pass in front. He was just walking with the gun like he didn't care. After he passed, I saw that a woman was lying on the floor with a headshot,” said an eyewitness.

According to another eyewitness, the shooting was done by an unknown man who fled while the woman was in a pool of blood. “The man was not in police attire; he was in a T-shirt with a necklace and some earrings. So we thought it was some of those fraudsters who had confusion which led to all those shootings. Then he walked towards the road, picked up a motorbike, and left. The Camry was coming from the curve at top speed, so I think maybe the guy was shooting at the Camry, and it dodged and went to hit the woman.”

Residents now call for a thorough investigation, demanding accountability for the incident.

They also urge the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure public safety, educate the public on the proper use of guns in public spaces, and bring the culprits to justice.

“On Saturday morning, we heard a gunshot. I came out and saw two cars coming at a top speed. The second car was chasing the first one, so my grandchild called me saying there was a man with a gun. The man walked to the roadside and picked up a motorbike. Later, I saw a fair woman lying in a pool of blood at the bus station. I immediately rushed to the Kotobabi Police Station to inform them, but they asked me to go out. Meanwhile, the woman was not dead yet. It took about 10-15 minutes before the police reached the scene. They came to pick up the body into a jeep and left. I don't know the woman. I'm sure she was there to pick up a car. I confronted one policewoman and asked her if they didn't hear the sound, and she said they thought it was a knock-out.”

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