The Post Newspaper Shooting Bullet Was Stray & Non Lethal – Ms Libongani.
Forensic investigations that were launched to ascertain the circumstances behind a shooting that occurred at The Post Newspapers have revealed that the bullet was a stray and non-lethal one.
Briefing the press in Lusaka yesterday on the findings of the shooting, inspector General of Police Stella Libongani said the bullet, which perforated the roof of The Post, came from outside and went through the ceiling.
Ms Libongani said the findings indicate that the damage on the rooftop was caused by a gunshot whose caliber is 7.62 mm, commonly used in firearms such as AK47 rifle, she-rifle and SKS rifle.
“The Zambia Police have concluded investigations in the shooting incident that happened at The Post Newspapers head office along Bwinjimfumu Road in Lusaka on September 30, 2015.”
Ms Libongani said the police carried out investigations in the surrounding areas and all the witnesses interviewed indicated that they did not hear any gunshots in the area prior to the incident.
She said the profile of the projectile (bullet) has since been uploaded on the ballistics database housed at the Police Service headquarters.
Ms Libongani said the outcome of the investigation is credible as it was handled professionally, and that the Zambia Police is willing to avail a detailed forensic report to The Post Newspapers on request. She said the police conducted the measurement of the projectile to determine the impact, to approximate the distance traveled and the lethal or non-lethal state of the projectile.
She also said the police also conducted examinations on the projectile for identical markings, which in future could help, identify the weapon, which fired.