A man died in a shootout carried out by an unknown group in front of the Mahara Magistrate Court around 10.20 am yesterday morning.
Police said the group who were driving a hybrid car shot at the victim who was heading home after appearing for a case in connection of possessing heroin.It is reported that the victim’s wife, 8 year-old child and the sister of his wife were also passengers in the car at the time of the shooting but none of them were injured by the gun fire.
The deceased has been identified as Suresh Asanka Silva of Sri Gnanasara Mawatha in Ratmalana.
Assailants have used T-5 weapon and 9 millimeter fire-arms in the incident.
Shooting victim died after being admitted to Ragama hospital.
The Police state that the gun fire must be an aftermath of a personal dispute.