, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – A suspect was shot dead by police on Kimathi Street in Nairobi’s Central Business District Thursday morning.
A second accomplice was also shot but was still breathing half an hour after the shooting, while five others managed to escape.
The felled suspects were part of a seven-man gang.
During the fire exchange between police and the thugs, a pedestrian was injured when a stray bullet hit him on the leg and was rushed to hospital in stable condition.
Nairobi Central Divisional Police Chief Paul Wanjama told journalists they recovered a pistol and four rounds of ammunition.
“One of the suspects have been killed while the other one was critically injured; we are waiting for an ambulance to rush him to the hospital,” he stated.
He said police were in hot pursuit of the notorious gang operating along the busy street and applauded members of the public for the tip off.
“We are still pursuing the rest of the gang…we believe there are still in this town and they may end up committing serious crimes later,” he said.
Members of the public heading to work scampered for safety as shots rang out.
“I saw a man holding a pistol running…I thought he was police officer until I saw uniformed officers run after him,” one of the witnesses who wished not to be named pointed out.
“I froze when I saw two of them (thugs) running towards my direction,” another said.
Heavy police presence has been increased within major cities in the country as part of measures put in place by the government to curb insecurity.