HORROR: Masked gunman pounces on shop, shoots owner dead and gets away with US$100


The Zvishavane community was left horrified by the shocking murder of Mercy Hwahwa (42), a respected shop owner, who was tragically shot during a robbery targeting her club savings.

The incident, which occurred on December 13, 2023, at her residence in Maglas, has prompted a swift and intensive investigation by the police.

According to reports, an unidentified assailant, armed with a concealed pistol and wearing a balaclava mask, intercepted one of Hwahwa’s employees en route to her employer’s home. The employee was carrying the daily sales proceeds destined for Hwahwa, which the robber was apparently aware of. Under duress, the terrified employee was coerced into leading the criminal to Hwahwa’s residence.

Upon arrival, the perpetrator confronted Hwahwa, demanding the cash he believed she had accumulated from a savings club, colloquially known as mukando. Unfazed by the robber’s demands, Hwahwa vehemently denied possessing any such funds. In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the assailant callously shot her in the head with his pistol.

In addition to the senseless act of violence, the perpetrator seized an undisclosed sum of local currency, two cellphones, and approximately US$100, representing the day’s sales from Hwahwa’s shop.

Despite the gravity of her injuries, Hwahwa was swiftly rushed to Zvishavane Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Tragically, her wounds proved fatal, and she was pronounced deceased upon admission. The loss of a beloved community member and business owner has sent shockwaves throughout Zvishavane, leaving residents distraught and calling for justice.

National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, condemned the ruthless crime. He implored anyone with pertinent information to come forward and assist the authorities in their pursuit of the culprit. Nyathi urged individuals to contact the National Complaints Desk at (0242) 703631, utilize the WhatsApp hotline at 0712 800 197, or report any relevant details to the nearest police station.

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