LAHORE – A three-year-old boy, with cute and smiling face, left his residence along with his mother to fetch chocolates from a nearby shop when he sustained a stray bullet here in Gowalmandi Area on Monday. The boy died on the spot while his mother has lost her mental balance, police and local residents said.

The police investigators termed the killing as a result of aerial firing, said to be a routine phenomena in the Walled City, thanks to the police for their failure to control the gun crime in the densely populated locality.  Resident of Tara Devi Street, Muhammad Nauman along with his mother just reached outside the shop to buy toffees and chocolates when a gunman resorted to aerial firing.

“The boy was moving towards the cash-counter to get chocolates when a bullet pierced through his body,” an investigator quoted eyewitnesses as telling the policemen, who rushed to the crime scene soon after the incident. The boy died on the spot while the gunman, later identified as Zahid, who was drunk at the time, fled away from the crime scene within no time.  Local shopkeepers said that the woman lost her mental balance after she witnessed her son lying on the road in a pool of blood. The police reached the spot and removed the body to the morgue for an autopsy.

Emotional scenes were also witnessed at the residence of Nauman, the eldest son of Muhammad Naeem, as his dead body was brought there. The grandmother and brothers of the deceased were seen kissing his dead body while they were in tears. The police have registered the case and are investigating with no arrest made so far.  According to police officials, over a dozen people fall victim to aerial firing in the Punjab Capital every year. But the police have badly failed to stop the deadly ‘entertainment.’

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances here in Lower Mall on Monday. Police said that the man, later identified as Muhammad Akhtar, a resident of Narowal, was lying unconscious in his residential quarter.