By Evie Andreou
A MOTHER and son, aged 45 and 23 respectively, were remanded on Wednesday in connection with shooting an 18-year-old on Tuesday night in Limassol.
The 22-year-old brother of the male suspect who it was believed fired the shots, was arrested later on Wednesday hiding out in the port area of Limassol after police received a tip off.
The 18-year-old victim from Limassol is in hospital, after being shot with a hunting rifle during an argument with the two siblings after they reportedly beat his 55-year-old father.
He sustained a fractured shoulder blade and doctors found several gun pellets in his chest. His situation is serious but out of danger.
Reportedly the incident occurred when the 18-year-old along with other people, followed by his father, went to the brothers’ home to ask why they had beaten up his father earlier on Tuesday evening outside his house. He had reportedly grabbed their younger brother by the neck earlier in the day.
The 55-year-old claimed that he had merely pinched the boy on the cheek while asking him how he was.
After a heated discussion, the wanted 22-year-old reportedly attacked the older man with a crowbar and then went inside a room and came out with the rifle threatening to shoot unless everybody left.
Under circumstances investigated by the police, he allegedly then fired the gun, injuring the 18-year-old.
The 55-year-old was also taken to Limassol hospital and was diagnosed with a skull fracture. He also had bruises in different parts of his body, from the earlier alleged beating.
The 23-year-old brother, who has been remanded for eight days, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, attempted murder, assault and battery, and for illegal possession of firearm
The 45-year-old mother told the police that her 22-year-old son – the one police later tracked down for allegedly pulling the trigger – was not involved in the incident and that he has been away since Sunday. She was remanded for two days on suspicion of providing false information to the police and for being an accessory after the fact.
Police are also looking for the gun.