A lone gunman entered the Saint Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State, emptied his cartridge, reloaded it and continued shooting before driving away in a waiting car, a witness has toldPREMIUM TIMES.
Charles Justice, who brought his wounded friends to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, said the incident happened after the homily at 6 a.m. Mass.
“Those who died are mostly children and the elderly, I know about three children who were below five years that died in the shooting,” said Mr. Justice.
Mr. Justice said three of the victims had died at the hospital, a claim corroborated by a medical doctor who did not want to be named.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that more than 16 casualties are now in stable conditions while six had undergone surgeries successfully.
At least 11 people were killed in the Sunday morning shooting, according to the police, after the shooter opened fire at a crowd of worshippers attending the morning’s Mass at the church.
The police say preliminary investigation pointed to a feud between two individuals of the same community who reside outside the country.
“One of the individuals built the church where the shooting occurred; it is definitely not a terrorist attack in the mould of Boko Haram of Fulani herdsmen attack,” said Garba Umar, the state’s police commissioner.