A daring robber attacked a 75-year-old man in Vumba, Manicaland Province, with a spade and seized a loaded firearm that he later used to shoot his victim.
Manicaland province deputy police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka said the incident took place at Hurukuru Farm, Assex in Vumba around 7 pm on 8 May.
Asst Insp Chinyoka said the victim, Peter Bultress was sitting in his lounge with his wife, Marrianne Helene Bultress watching television when the intruder suddenly broke their kitchen door using a spade. He said:
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The unknown robber hit Peter with a spade and he fell to the ground. The robber saw a Bruno pistol with serial number 2505356 which had five rounds on the coffee table and grabbed it and ran away. He left the spade on the floor.
Peter and his wife ran and locked themselves in their bedroom and the robber fired a shot through the window and shot Peter on the left hip and he fled.
Peter then phoned the police at Mutare Rural Police station who attended the scene.
One spent cartridge was recovered and Peter was rushed to Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital where he was reported to be in a stable condition.
The suspect is yet to be arrested.