A teacher shot at a pupil in a school premises on Saturday morning in Shinas, 250km north to Muscat, and then surrendered at the police station.
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) confirmed the incident.
“The incident is under investigation and once the probe is over will issue a detailed statement,” a spokesman for the ROP said.
Witness Al Mohib Al Saadi said that the suspect, Abdulaziz Al Maamari, went to Saad Bin Abi Waqas Secondary School and asked to see the student Abdul Aziz Al Balushi.
Al Maamari reportedly told Al Balushi’s teacher, Hilal Al Rubai, that he is a relative of the student. Al Maamari teaches at a different school, Al Saadi said.
“As soon as Al Rubaie brought the boy down from the class room, Al Maamari fired one shot from his 9mm revolver that hit Al Balushi in the stomach,” Al Saadi said.
While the school authorities attended to the injured boy and moved him to the Shinas hospital, the suspect went to the Shinas Police Station and surrendered.
Another source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it was a matter of honour for the teacher.
Al Maamari believed that Al Balushi had abused his eight-year-old son, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital. It is also believed that the eight-year-old boy was also injected with drugs after being abused.
Meanwhile, a source from Shinas Hospital said that the bullet was extracted from Al Balushi’s stomach and once he was stable he was transferred to Sohar Hospital. [GN]