Youth shot dead in a case of mistaken identity?
The Gampaha Police said that a 20-year-old youth was shot dead by an unknown gunman with a T-56 firearm in the Kehelbaddara area of Gampaha on Saturday morning (06).
The deceased has been identified as Bombuwala Devage Achira Nethruwan Bombuwala, a resident of Asgiriya Malwatte Road, Gampaha.
Police say that the deceased was shot while working as a barber in a salon in the Kehelbaddara area.
They said that the deceased who was seriously injured by the gunshot was pronounced dead on arrival at the Gampaha General Hospital.
The gunman had then fled on a motorcycle, they said.
Police found several T-56 empty casings at the site of the shooting.
They said their investigations reveal that the target of the killers may not have been the deceased.
The police also suspect that this shooting was carried out as a revenge for the killing of two people including a criminal known as ‘Pas Podda’ and the injuring of two others in front of the Gampaha Court complex.