Woman charged over shooting incident

A female has been charged as a result of a gun-related incident at Saoluafata last Tuesday.

The charge was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Tiai.

The female has been charged with causing Injury with additional charge of possession of unregistered weapon and discharging a firearm, said Papali'i.

The victim, a male, was admitted at the Moto'otua Hospital, and it is said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

"A female has been charged in relation to the matter she has been remanded on bail for mention on the 18 December 2019," the Deputy Commissioner said. "No alcohol was involved."

The shooting comes a few days after another gun-related incident at Satapuala, where a male was shot in the face, sending him into a coma. 

Papali'i has asked the public to report any incidents relating to firearms to Police, saying that the Police and members of the public should be working together for a safer Samoa.

She added that individuals who are in possession of weapons can cause serious harm to others and even their loved ones.

Last year, Police conducted their second-ever gun amnesty to ensure that the public turn in their weapons free of prosecution and without questions asked. In turn, Police had received just under 100 firearms. 

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