In another tragedy that sent shock waves through the Kebitigollewa area, a home guard who went berserk shot dead his estranged wife and three others at Ranchakepuwewa early yesterday.
The suspect assailant P.B. Ranaweera, a resident from the same area had allegedly used his service firearm, to gun down the four victims.
The victims were identified as the suspect`s wife Sunethra Kanthi (25), his mother-in-law Seelawathie (50), sister-in-law Anoma Kanthi (23) and a neighbour M. Suraweera (38).
Eight-year-old Nuwan Sanjeewa, son of Anoma who received serious gun shot injuries is undergoing treatment at the Anuradhapura General hospital, Kebitigollewa ASP Lionel Gunatillake said.
The suspect`s wife Sunethra Kanthi had left the husband`s house and taken up residence with her married sister following a domestic dispute, police said.
`The suspect called, at his sister-in-law`s house yesterday morning in search of his wife. When they saw that he was armed, Kanthi and her sister Anoma had started running towards their parents` home across the road.
Anoma`s son Sanjeewa had followed suit. Having heard the cries raised by the two sisters, their mother had come towards them to inquire what the alarm was about. The suspect had opened fire on them, killing his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law on the spot.
The suspect had also turned his gun on neighbour, M. Suraweera who had shouted asking the suspect not to shoot the women. Anoma`s son who was injured in the shooting was later rushed to Anuradhapura hospital,` police spokesman said.
The suspect had later fled to the nearly jungle.
Police and the Army are combing the jungle to arrest the suspect.