A shooting incident last Tuesday involving Michael Samukai, the son of Defense Minister Brownie J. Samuka, left one Zardee Andrews wounded. The shooting occurred in Thinkers Village along the ELWA/Robertsfield highway.
Sources close to the victim quoting eye-witnesses said Andrews was shot by Michael Samukai “out of jealous rage” during a birthday party for Charlotte Samukai, Michael’s wife, at the Tropicana Beach to which Andrews and others were invited. That information indicated that Michael suspected the victim of having an affair with Charlotte.
The Daily Observer gathered that the bullet, according to an X-ray report, passed through Andrews’ neck, and that the level of injury “is a matter of threatening concern to the family,” read a statement issued by the victim’s family on Wednesday, a day after the incident. They said they were constrained, with heavy hearts, to inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Minister of Justice and all civil society actors about what they described as “the devilish, tyrannical, and attempted murderous attitude carried out by Michael Samukai.”
Andrews is reportedly receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, while Michael Samukai is being held by officers of the LNP, who are said to be conducting preliminary investigations before forwarding the case to court.
A statement received by this newspaper from Minister Samukai did not indicate what led to the shooting but acknowledged that “… Michael Samukai is a responsible adult citizen with an established family, and will therefore bear the full consequences of his action.”
Minister Samukai said that at 9:58 p.m. on Tuesday, he received “with shock and dismay” the news of a shooting incident involving his son Michael at a local beach in Monrovia.
“Foremost, as a parent, I express my deepest regret (to) the victim, Zardee Andrews, and his family for this very unfortunate incident,” Minister Samukai said, adding, “In clear demonstration of my utter disapproval of such unwarranted action on the part of Michael Samukai, I have taken some immediate positive steps, which include visiting the victim at the hospital where I acquainted myself with his condition, expressed my personal sorrow, and wished him God’s speedy recovery.”
The Minister said he further provided information to the Liberia National Police (LNP), which facilitated the location and subsequent apprehension of his son.