Residents of the Enugu metropolis were on Thursday thrown into fear and panic following shootings by rival cults.

It was learned the shootings, which happened around 1 pm, sent fears down the spine of traders and residents, as people ran in different directions.

NEWS NAIJA gathered that a youth, whose identity is yet to be known, was hit by a bullet in the mouth, he was said to have been rushed to a hospital by the police.

It was further gathered that the incident occurred at one of the motor parks in the market, which forced traders to close hurriedly, as motorists took to their heels.

A source said “We heard gunshots and people started running in different directions. We thought unknown gunmen had come to the market. It was later we heard that it was a cult war.

He said, “I did not go there, but I heard that the police came and took the injured young man away,”.

While confirming the incident in a statement, Daniel Ndukwe,   the state Police Public Relations Officer, described the attack as unfortunate.

The PPRO said, “Following a distress call received at Awkunanaw Police Division today, June 3, around 1 pm, alleging that a young man was shot by suspected cultists, along Agbani Road, close to Garriki Market, Awkunanaw Enugu, police operatives swiftly moved to the scene, secured and rushed the victim to a nearby hospital, where he is responding treatment.

“Meanwhile, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu,   the state Commissioner of Police, has ordered the anti-cultism unit of the command to conduct a discreet investigation to fish out and bring the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to book.”