By PAMELA EBOH Awka
A 65-year-old man, Mr. Uchechukwu Nweke in the early hours of Thursday morning shot to death his 55-year-old wife, Patricia Nweke and his son, aged 29.
Nweke who allegedly shot himself after killing members of his family also poured fuel in his house and set it on fire.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the deceased was in the habit of beating his wife which led to his son’s reaction that led to him beating his father.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The man always beatd the woman at every small provocation, then in the early hours of Thursday morning, while beating his wife, the son got angry and beat him to a pulp.
“While his son was beating him, the wife ran outside and was shouting for people’s intervention. As soon as the man was separated from his son, he took fuel and started pouring inside the house, the son went to intervene, but another fight ensued. The wife and few other people went inside to seperate the fight.
“As soon as they were seperated, the farmer ran into the room and brought out his double barrel hunting gun, directed it at his wife who was pleading and shot her. His son rushed to collect the gun from him and he shot him also.”
Nweke was said to have allegedly put the gun on his neck after killing his son and killed himself.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, CSP Haruna Mohammed who confirmed the incident said, “The police on Thursday received a report from Amanuke community in Awka North Local government area said that a hunter shot his wife, son in a circumstance yet to be ascertained.
“The suspect equally shot himself using the same gun.”
Accordimg to him, police detectives attached to Achalla police station on receiving the report visited the scene and took the victims to Uche Hospital, Isuanaocha where they were confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.
He said that corpses of the victims have been deposited at the hospital morgue for autopsy even as investigation is ongoing to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.