Slain journalist Arshad Sharif was killed due to multiple injuries as a result of high-velocity gunfire coming from two distinct directions.
The postmortem report of the senior journalist for the Kenya police stated that Sharif had died because of shots in the head and chest at a medium range with a high-velocity weapon. Chiromo Mortuary pathologist wrote the postmortem report that is available in different media reports. The report has also said that the journalist’s body was “markedly pale”.
According to the report, the first bullet damaged a significant portion of Sharif’s brain and the left side of the skull, measuring 12 cm by 3 cm. “Graze gunshot wound left parietal area and scalp with penetration of skull creating (part of the skull in the area was gone) stellate wound that measured 12 cm x 3 cm.” Thus, the “left parietal” region of the brain was “lacerated” by the first gunshot.
According to the report, the second gunshot caused a 1 cm diameter abrasion-filled wound in the “right upper back.” The bullet “everted edges” and left a 2 cm by 1 cm hole on the right side of the chest, which was “placed 3 cm from the midline and 30 cm from the top of the head.” According to the report, Sharif’s “respiratory system” was hurt by the second shot, and the “penetrating bullet caused harm on the apex of the right lung, right hemothorax.”
Sharif after being fatally targeted had died at the hands of policemen of the General Service Unit (GSU) on Magadi/Kiserian Road on the night of October 23, 2022.
His body was brought to the mortuary at 2:00am on Monday morning and was identified at the morgue by Pakistani High Commissioner to Kenya Saqlain Syedah and another diplomat Muhammad Junaid, according to the postmortem report.