Three men were arrested yesterday following a shooting outside a primary school in Faneromeni Avenue in Larnaca.
The incident was not connected to the Lazarou A primary school.
Police spokesman Charalambos Zachariou said a 51-year-old Greek Cypriot man was apprehended at around 12.45pm after he allegedly shot a 30-year-old Israeli man in the backside with a hunting shotgun.
In his statement immediately after the incident, the suspect said he had earlier seen the victim steal his mobile phone from the passenger seat of his unlocked car.
He claims he got the shotgun from the boot of his car and then followed the Israeli man, who was walking with a friend, until they passed the primary school and opened fire.
“It appears the Cypriot suspect shot the victim in the backside after his phone was stolen. The victim suffered serious injuries and was admitted to hospital for emergency surgery but is now said to be out of danger,” said Zachariou.
Panic ensued after the shooting until police arrived and placed the Cypriot under arrest. The street remained cordoned off for several hours while a number of parents arrived at the school to take their children home early out of concern for their safety.
But Zachariou assured that none of the children were exposed to any danger.
“Only the victim was in danger as the students were all inside the school at the time of the shooting.”
Police later arrested the victim and his friend who was walking with him at the time of the shooting – a 25-year-old Israeli – on suspicion of theft.
They are expected to appear before Larnaca District Court for a remand hearing today along with the alleged shooter who faces charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.