By Job Weru
Armed gangsters shot a businessman dead in Nanyuki town as he closed his business for the day.
Joseph Ndirangu, 60, was pronounced dead on arrival at Nanyuki District Hospital where he was rushed for treatment. The two-man gang accosted him as he was closing his shop on Wednesday night.
Ndirangu, who operates Cheers Wines and Spirits shop, was accompanied by his wife and another female employee.
Laikipia East OCPD Joshua Lutukai said the gangsters were armed with a Ceska pistol during the 8pm incident. “They entered the shop and demanded he gives them money, but before he could respond, one of them shot him through the chest,” said Lutukai.
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The duo then fled on foot to unknown destination. No arrest has been made, although police have launched investigation.
“The gang did not steal anything from the shop,” Lutukai said.
The body was taken to Nanyuki District Hospital mortuary.
The shooting comes barely two weeks after 37-year-old farmer, Sammy Mwangi, was shot dead at Kalai trading centre in Laikipia Central District after a gang of five men armed with an AK-47 rifle stormed a bar and demanded money from him.
He declined to hand over money and the gang shot him.
And one week ago, a gang shot a 24-year-old man dead at Withare trading centre in the same district.
Last weekend, a 70-year-old man was killed by cattle rustlers at Ngare Ng’iro village in Laikipia East.