Addressing the regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Attorney General mentioned that intelligence gathered from the scene of the incident suggest that an unknown individual was on a practicing spree.
Cherue noted that “there was shooting, but the motive was unknown and the intelligence discovered and concluded that someone took a 9mm pistol along with few bottles, sat by a tree in the forest and tried to practice”.
“It was discovered by the Intelligence unit that the perpetrator during his practice hit five of the bottles. The intelligence saw traces of the burst bottles at the scene of the incidence,” he explained.
“We have toured and torn apart the entire scene in an effort to gather facts and circumstances leading to the incident and there is nothing to scare anyone,” Cherue added, noting government has gathered facts, so the people have no need to panic as the situation poses no serious security threat to our country.
Shortly before midnight on Sunday August 7, 2016, there were reports of sporadic shooting in Sass Town on the highway leading to Bomi County.
By daybreak the following morning, the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) dispatched a squad of counter insurgency unit to the ‘troubled spot’ and coordinated joint security operations with the Liberia National Police officers who were earlier deployed to the area.
Locals said they discovered empty side-arms shells as well as empty bottles of locally brewed beer in the vicinity of the shooing accident.