Police investigate Satapuala shooting

Police are investigating a shooting incident at Satapuala a fortnight ago that left a boy with a gunshot wound on his mouth.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Papali'i Monalisa Keti, confirmed the Police investigation, responding to questions by the Samoa Observer.

A suspect is yet to be identified. 

“The victim was admitted at the hospital Motootua and in a serious condition. We are yet to obtain his statement to assist with investigation and identification of suspects and cause of the incident,” she said.

The Police investigation is yet to establish if alcohol was involved, added the Deputy Commissioner.

A boy, who is from Ti'avea, went into a coma after he was admitted at the hospital.

The boy’s mother, who requested her name not be published for security reasons, said she is grateful her son is making good progress.

"I do not know what happened to him, all I know is that he went with his friends and something happened, where he was shot," she said. 

“My focus right now is his recovery and that's what matters the most.”

The mother said her son was shot on the right cheek and is fed with liquids, which is fed through a tube inserted through his neck. 

"The doctors said his teeth can be wired with braces when he recovers,” she said. “Right now, he is being fed with only milk through the tube, that has been inserted through his neck.”

The mother added that the wound on his mouth is quite serious, but she is optimistic he will recover. 

“He has to breathe through the tube through his neck,” she said. “He cannot talk but he can communicate through the use of hand signals.”

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