Detectives in Nairobi have arrested a trigger happy motorist involved in hit and run case while driving on the wrong side of the road within Nairobi’s industrial Area towards General Motors direction.
During the 9pm incident, in what police believe to have been a botched escape attempt after knocking down a pedestrian, the speeding car landed into a ditch along Enterprise Road.
Immediately after, the hysterical gun-toting driver identified by the name Joseph Mburu Gitau, a licensed civilian firearm holder came out shooting aimlessly.
Preliminary police investigations show at the time, Mburu was drunk while driving Mercedes Benz, registration number KDB 660A.
His unsuccessful escape mission ended after hitting a pedestrian, Eric Ngige who sustained injuries on the right leg ankle.
“He was driving on the wrong side of the road when he landed into a ditch after failing to successfully negotiate the roundabout at Karatasi Industries. When police who were attending to another accident case rushed to help him, he came out shooting.” A senior detective privy with the investigations told The Informer.
Mburu fired nine rounds of ammunition of 9mm caliber from his Glock Pistol, serial number UDY889.
He is a holder of firearm license number 1889077.
Ballistics experts have since seized the firearm for ballistic analysis. It had six rounds of ammunition of 9mm caliber remaining.
Mburu was booked at Industrial Area Police Station awaiting arraignment in court.
Investigations by The Informer established that the motor vehicle in question is registered under the name of David Gathuo Gichohi.
Cases of gun misuse by licensed civilian firearm holders has been on the rise despite the fresh vetting exercise undertaken by the Firearm Licensing Board under the chairmanship of Charles Mwongera Mukindia.
After clearance, those eligible are supposed to be issued with a smart card license detailing all personal particulars and their biometrics.
However, those exempted from the vetting and not required to book are personnel who are serving and retired from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), National Police Service (NPS), Kenya Prisons Service (KPS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and those from the security sector.