A 37-YEAR-OLD Famagusta businessman was in serious but stable condition on Monday after he was shot outside a gambling joint located in a village within the British military bases (SBA).
Michalis Shialos, who lives in Frenaros and is married and a father of two, suffered injuries to his abdomen and arm as he was leaving a coffeeshop in Xylophagou at 4.20am.
Two other people who were with Shialos at the time were not harmed.
“The victim was shot from a distance as he came out of the establishment with” two friends, SBA Dhekelia police spokesman Andreas Pitsilides said.
Shialos underwent surgery and doctors described his condition as “stable but critical.”
Two shots hit his abdomen and one his right arm.
Police could not immediately provide any information about he type and calibre of the fire arm used, but it was not a hunting shotgun.
Officers collected a number of shell casings from the scene and a special task force has been set up to investigate the incident.
Police are focusing their attention on the victim’s business dealings. Shialos is involved with pubs and internet cafes in Ayia Napa.
Pitsilides said they were working closely with Republic police on the case.