A disgruntled former economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who shot at his Indian supervisor Ashoka Mody, an eminent economist, in October last year is believed to have fled to China, media reports said on Tuesday.
The Montgomery County Police has obtained an arrest warrant against Mohau Mercy Mathibe, a South Africa-born economist, for allegedly trying to kill 53-year-old Mody as he may have felt that his former boss stymied him from getting a permanent position at the IMF.
Mathibe, who is charged with attempted murder, shot at Mody's jaw in the latter's garage on October 8 last year.
Mathibe, 36, worked at the IMF from October 2005 as part of an entry-level programme for economists but was not retained when his term ended on January 2, 2008.
Investigators probing into the matter think he might have a grudge against Mody, 'The Washington Post' reported today.
Mathibe, who worked on reviews of Hungary and Slovenia in IMF, was suspected of shooting Mody.
He was questioned on November 21 and investigators later learnt that he had booked a flight to China and flew next day, police spokesman Capt Dan Friz was quoted as saying.
It could be possible that Mathibe flew to his native country South Africa from China, the Post said adding that detectives are now trying to piece together how Mathibe might have acquired a gun and ammunition.