Two witnesses who were to testify and give evidence in a case before the Balapitiya Magistrate’s Court were shot at by a gunman who was driving a motorcycle on February 16.

Fifty-six-year-old, Kanaththaarachchige Piyarathne, resident of Unit 16, Kantale has succumbed to his injuries upon admittance to the Balapitiya Hospital while another, a resident of Induruwa is presently hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The duo had been shot at in front of a hotel near the Court. The body is at the Balapitiya Hospital. An autopsy is to be conducted soon.