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American teacher shot dead after defying robbers in Lavington

An American teacher was on Wednesday shot dead in Lavington by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle.

The gunmen are also believed to have shot and seriously injured a Chinese national in Kilimani a day earlier.

Mr Cameron Chase 26, was heading to a restaurant in the company of a female colleague, Ms Sally Jirongo, to have breakfast when he was confronted by the two gunmen near Riara School at around 11am.

SURRENDER HIS BAG

The gunman stopped next to the deceased and the woman and ordered him to surrender his bag. The female colleague begged him to surrender but he refused.

The deceased reportedly confronted one of the attackers to secure his bag but one of them immediately shot him on the head.

Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said that one of them shot him on the head and he fell down.

He was again shot two times on the chest and stomach before the gunmen got onto their motorcycle.  As they were riding away, they ran over him and then escaped towards Nakumatt Junction.

He was picked by a motorist who rushed him to the Nairobi Women Hospital.

The motorist, Dr Mathias Odera Aketch, said  that he was driving to the hospital when he heard the gunshots. On reaching the scene, he found the victim groaning in pain on the ground.

“I removed my first aid kit but realized that his condition was serious. He had been shot on the head,” he said.

DEAD ON ARRIVAL

The American was however pronounced dead on arrival.

A guard at the nearby Calvary Worship Centre Mr Godfrey Mukudi said that he heard the woman screaming followed by three gunshots. He then saw two men riding away but he could not take the registration number of the motorcycle.

Police also said that a Chinese national was shot along Elgeyo Marakwet road at around 3pm. They suspect the same gang was involved in the shooting.

The victim is admitted at the Nairobi hospital in a critical condition. He was shot on the left side of the chest and the bullet exited.

One of the gunmen is a wanted robber who has been profiled by the police. He is a resident of Kawangware who mostly targets foreigners. He is said to have attacked a foreigner in Karen whom he robbed of dollars, according to the police records.

GUNMEN ON MOTORBIKES

In the recent past, there have been reports of frequent attacks by the gunmen riding on motorbikes. They are usually two or three young men armed with pistols riding on the same motorcycle.

They rob their victims of all sorts of valuables including cellphones, watches, rings, laptops among others.