An 8-year-old boy has been shot dead during a festival ritual in Awutu Bereku in the Central Region.

According to a deceased relative, Atta Kow was shot dead on Monday morning by those carrying out the rituals to purify the community before the Awutu Awubia festival.

The man who gave his name as Joe told Joy News the people are supposed to be shooting in the sky, so he is amazed how they ended up shooting the victim; he claims to be his mother’s only child.

He said they were home when his aunt, the mother of the deceased, rushed in wailing “Oh, they have killed my son.”

Joe said, together with his father, they rushed outside to meet a crowd surrounding the deceased’s body covered with a cloth with blood all over the place.

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