Police search shooting suspect's home, seize ammunition

Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday at the residence of a man suspected of carrying out a double shooting on New Year's Eve.

Police targeted the home of Vaotu’ua Auleoleo Ne’emia also known as Pologa Ne’emia in the late afternoon.

"We used a search warrant to enter the defendant's home for further evidence or unlawful firearms and ammunition," Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil said.

"We only recovered ammunition fitting the firearm used in the murder incident."

In the early hours of New Year's Day, two men were shot dead in Afega, following a rumoured earlier traffic and road rage altercation for which it was conjectured the shooter may have been taking revenge.

Mr. Ne’emia was apprehended and criminally charged by the Police.

Bystanders told the Samoa Observer more than five vehicles were seen in Afega during the search of the alleged shooter’s residence.

Last week, Police Commissioner Fuiavailili told the Samoa Observer, that a low-calibre .22 millimetre handgun was used as the murder weapon that killed Elisara Fata Lole and Fata Utufua.

Earlier this week Fata Lole spoke to the Samoa Observer about the shooting that led to the death of his son, Elisara, in what he believed was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

In an interview with the Samoa Observer on Monday, the father ruefully recalled the events leading up to his son's death.

Fata said he believed Elisara emerged from the family home to greet an angry villager allegedly toting a gun, unknowingly greeting him in a case of mistaken identity.

Elisara had just returned home from work and was preparing a cup of tea for the family to welcome the New Year when the alleged suspect pulled up outside their home, Fata said.

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