A US-based Ghanaian pastor identified as Sylvester Ofori has been arrested after he shot his wife Barbara Tommey dead.
Tommey was confirmed dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center shortly after she was rushed there for medical attention.
Pastor Sylvester has allegedly been abusing his wife for a long time and Barbara was advised by her family to leave him. Apparently, Sylvester tracked her to her workplace yesterday and shot her 7 times.
The incident took place outside the 27-year-old woman’s workplace at the Navy Federal Credit Union, near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, on Tuesday 8th September 2020.
The police said in Orlando said Barbara was shot by Pastor Sylvester, near the business’ front doors on the 4600 block of Gardens Park Boulevard just before 9 a.m.
The police in Orlando confirmed that Ofori, 35, was taken into custody at his apartment Tuesday evening.
He is being held at the Orange County Jail without bond on a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm.
Chief Orlando Rolón said, during a press conference Tuesday morning, that the shooting was captured on CCTV
He added that: “You can tell that she was surprised by what was happening,” he said.
The Navy Federal Credit Union released a statement, saying: “This morning, a team member was fatally injured during an act of violence outside our Millenia branch, by a man she knew, according to the police.
Our thoughts are with our team member’s family. Our number one priority is keeping both our members and team members safe. We will ensure all team members at the branch are provided with the support they need during this time. Any further information can be provided by the Orlando Police Department”.
A woman named Lisa, said she saw Barbara came outside to move her car before she was shot. She said: “I’m shaken up right now, I’m still shaken up. The next thing I knew, he raised his hand with the gun in it, and he shot her.
The guy was walking behind her. I don’t know if she knew he was there or not. I started running and as I’m running, I hear three or four more shots”.
isa spoke highly of the deceased woman: “She was always very nice when I came into the bank. She’s very nice, very nice.”