A 26-year-old man, who had allegedly gunned down his wife and two others over a fortnight ago, went on the rampage again on Sunday and opened fire at his mother and her neighbour in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad.
According to the police, Prashant Sharma came on a bike with his accomplice and sprayed bullets on his mother Sunita and another woman Meera Devi, injuring both of them, and fled from the spot.
"Prashant shot at his mother and her neighbour, who was sitting nearby. Both women sustained bullet injuries and were rushed to MMG hospital. Their condition is said to be stable," said Rajesh Dwivedi, station house officer, Vijay Nagar police station.
Police said that a .22 calibre gun was used in the crime. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against Prashant at the Vijay Nagar police station.Prashant had allegedly killed his wife on June 23 at Karhera in Sahibabad and two days later shot dead a man and his son at Chirodi in Loni. Senior police officials have termed him an "abnormal personality".
In the two previous instances, two cases of murder were lodged against Prashant at Sahibabad and Loni police stations. Despite the killing spree, police have failed to arrest the accused.
Soon after last month's murders, Prashant's father also died at a Ghaziabad hospital following prolonged illness. His mother has been reportedly staying separately for the past 10 years at Vijay Nagar.
The police conducted several raids but could not find Prashant.
"His behaviour is completely abnormal as he has murdered three persons and shot at other two. We will arrest him soon," superintendent of police SS Yadav said.
According to medical experts, Prashant could be suffering from schizophrenia, which develops over a period of time. A schizophrenia patient imagines things and works according to some random thoughts in his/her mind.
"These thoughts may be created due to neglect or negligence on part of family members or friends. Such a person thinks that people are conspiring against him and he reacts according to mental patterns. Such a person becomes more dangerous if not treated in time," said a psychiatrist from Ghaziabad.