A businessman has been shot dead in a private hospital in Kampala where he had visited his wife after giving birth.
Ali Abdu Jabar was allegedly shot at around 10.45am on Saturday by one Zaina Karama, who was playing with his pistol in the VIP section of Kampala Independent Hospital on Naalya Road in Ntinda, according to police.
Karama, who is a cousin to Jabar's wife, Fatuma Jabar, has also been admitted after she collapsed and became unconscious following the incident.
Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said Jabar was shot in the chest but efforts to save him failed.
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"The gun was owned by the deceased. It was picked by the suspect (Karama) who started playing with it. The deceased withdrew the gun from her and removed the magazine then handed it back to her. She again played with the gun and pointed it at him and when she pulled the trigger, a bullet was discharged and hit Jabar in the chest," Assistant Superintendent of Police Owoyesigyire said on Saturday.
It is said that the deceased and suspect didn’t know that a bullet had already entered the gun chamber.
Doctors rushed to the scene and took Jabar to the operation room where he succumbed to a gunshot wound.
After the incident, the suspect collapsed and was also admitted in the same hospital, ASP Owoyesigyire said she is still unconscious.
A murder charge has been opened against Karama.
"We would like to caution private gun owners to, at all times, be careful on how they hold and operate their guns and never to hand them over to minors or anyone who is not qualified to hold it," he said.
Early this year, a Ugandan woman accused Jabar of battering her after he had allegedly conned her money in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was also accused of several offences including embezzlement and human trafficking.