Grandpass shooting: No breakthrough

By Norman Palihawadana and Madura Ranwala

Two gunmen who shot dead two youths in Grandpass and injured two others on Sunday night are still at large and the police have not yet identified them.

Grandpass police said that the shooting victims except for one were suspected of drug trafficking and two of them had cases pending in the High Court.

The assailants had arrived on a motorcycle wearing full-face helmets at Andrew’s Garden in Grandpass, shot the victims with a T-56 assault rifles and fled, police said.

The condition of one of the injured was serious, police said.

The victims are being treated at the Colombo National hospital.

The assailants had fled in a trishaw which came that way at the time of the incident by forcibly removing its driver. There had not been a lot of outsiders as it was a church feast day and the neighbours who had heard the shooting had thought fire crackers were being lit as some were bursting crackers on the road at the time.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the police had collected vital evidence from the motorcycle the assailants left behind. The trishaw had not been recovered yet, police sources said.

The dead victims were identified as S. Kavinda Kelum Sanjeewa (26) of No. 233/16, Mahawatta road, Colombo, 14 and Janith Chamara (28) of the same lane bearing the No. 233/5/A.

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