A soldier reportedly shot and killed his wife and seriously injured his mother-in-law before killing himself by the same gun following a misunderstanding at their home in Manyame Park, Chitungwiza, early yesterday morning.
The soldier, attached at Kaguvi Barracks (formerly Old Cranborne Barracks), but based in Masvingo, was later found dead in a garden in the area after allegedly committing suicide using his service gun, an AK 47 rifle.
The motive for the murder cases and attempted murder cases remains unclear, but it is alleged that the two were on separation, with the wife living with her mother.
The incident occurred at around 3 am. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that investigations are being conducted in connection with the death of a 24-year-old woman in a shooting incident where another woman aged 41 years has been seriously injured.
“The suspect, in this case, is also alleged to have committed suicide. More details will be released in due course,” he said.
ZNA deputy director public relations Major Alex Zuva said investigations were continuing, and a statement will be issued soon.
Although the details were still sketchy, sources close to the investigations said the soldier who was on duty that night fled the army barracks and headed to Manyame Park.
“From the information that we have gathered so far, the soldier was based in Masvingo but was currently attached in Cranborne.
“He was on duty and at around 3 am he disappeared and went to Manyame Park while armed with an AK rifle. He then knocked on the door and the wife opened.
“Without saying anything, he shot her once in the head and she died on the spot.
“After hearing the noise, the mother-in-law went to check on what transpired and she was also shot on the right ear.”
The soldier then fled the scene after the incident and some neighbors went to check.
The mother-in-law was taken to a local hospital where she is reported to be in a critical condition. The body of the soldier was later recovered in a garden in Manyame Park after he also shot himself.