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Highland shooting

Maciu Malo
Monday, January 28, 2013

A SIX-year-old boy was shot dead while a 14-year-old is fighting for his life at the Lautoka Hospital.

The incident happened at Sabeto Highlands on Saturday afternoon as family members were constructing their family home.

According to Amrit Lal, a contracted carpenter who accompanied The Fiji Times team to the scene, the family members were caught by surprise by the accident.

He said they were alerted by the gunshot and once they arrived at the scene, the two boys were on the ground covered with blood.

"I was on the other side of the building when I heard the gunshot," said Lal.

"I never believed what I just saw when I arrived at the scene as two boys were lying on the ground covered with blood.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigations were in progress following the death of the boy.

She said the dead boy from Auckland, New Zealand, was in Fiji with his family.

"The family members are currently constructing their home at the site of the tragic incident," said Ms Naisoro.

"While his parents and relatives were inspecting the house, they heard the sound of a gunshot."

Ms Naisoro said the six-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival while the 14-year-old student of Nadi was in critical condition.

"Statements of the construction workers have been taken while the owner of the gun is still in custody for interrogation. Investigations are continuing," she said.