Arsenal’s beginning of the season was disastrous in more ways than one after a college student was shot dead by the police during a fight over the Sunday August 14, game in which the Gunners lost to Liverpool.
The senior five student of St Mary’s Rushoraza in Kabale, Uganda was hit by a stray bullet as police attempted to quell a fight between rival groups in the school.
Daily Monitor reports that the fight erupted when senior three students found senior six students occupying the front seats in the main hall where the learners were preparing to watch the Arsenal-Liverpool match which ended 3-4.
The senior three students demanded to have their front seats and attempted to eject their colleagues and an altercation arose resulting into an ugly fight and riot.
The school administration was forced to call the police to help suppress the riot and bring sanity to the institution.
When police arrived, they begun shooting in the air to scare the learners and that was when 19-year-old Allan Ntunguka was hit by the stray bullet and died shortly, said Kigezi sub region police spokesman Elly Maate.
“On arrival, the police shot in the air to disperse and scare them but because the policemen were shooting while in the valley and the rioting students were on raised ground, a stray bullet hit one of the students in the chest and he died moments later after admission at Kabale regional referral hospital. It’s an unfortunate incident,” Mr Maate said as quoted by Daily Monitor.
The police spokesman said a man hunt had been launched for the police officer who fired the lethal bullet.
He added that the officer identified as Job Musawo is on the run after abandoning his gun at Rushoroza police post where he was attached.
The institution’s head teacher Remegio Byamukama said calm had now reigned at the school and that learning had resumed normally.