Relatives that had turned up at Kampala Independent Hospital in Ntinda, to celebrate a birth were suddenly plunged into tears when one of their own shot another while trying to check out his pistol.
This happened at 10:30am when Ali Abdu Jabar 36 years, a businessman in Kampala and resident of Najjera, came to the hospital to visit his wife Fatuma Jabar, who had been admitted in VIP Room 2 at the medical facility following a successful delivery by C-section.
Jabar was in possession of a pistol when he came for the visit and on seeing it, his sister Zaina Karama asked to hold it and have a closer look.
“The deceased was holding a Pistol No. UG IND BONK 444 03175 Glock pistol. While at the waiting VIP seats in Room2, Zaina Kamara was playing with the pistol of Ali Abdu Jabar,” a statement from Police reads in part.
Zaina is said to have repeatedly tried to mock shoot without pressing the trigger and her excitement moved her brother to ask her to return the gun.
However, she was not yet done with admiring the revolver, prompting the brother to withdraw the magazines from the gun and hand it back over- in case she went for the trigger unknowingly.
Alas, little did he know he had left a bullet in the chamber.
“Ali cautioned her (Zaina) not to play with the pistol and he removed the magazine from the pistol. Little did he know that there was a bullet in the chamber,” a police statement reads.
Zaina took the gesture by her brother to mean she could continue her harmless game. It was time for her now to move to the real practice of aiming and shooting. What was there as a target? Yes, her brother.
Believing that the gun was empty and the trigger would only go as far as releasing air, Zaina aimed at her brother and pulled trigger, releasing the only bullet in the gun through his chest.
“The bullet stuck inside him,” a police report reveals.
“He was rushed to theatre and pronounced dead on arrival,” the report adds.
Zaina, unable to get around what had happened, collapsed and is currently unconscious at Intensive Care Unit (ISU) of the same hospital.
Meanwhile, a case of murder Vide CRB. 309/2019 of Ntinda police station, lies in wait should Zaina wake up from her bed, while her brother’s body has been taken to the city mortuary.
Jabar’s wife and baby also are still admitted the same hospital, to be discharged about three days from today, unfortunately, none of them will see him alive.