Bulawayo: A soldier fired about 20 shots, killing his wife, two other people and seriously injuring his 18-months old son.
The gunman then turned the riffle to himself in a failed suicide attempt following a suspected infidelity row.
The soldier Carlos Chapeyama (23) and his son are battling for life at Mpilo Central Hospital.
His wife, Ashley Phiri (21) and her siblings, Nkosivumile Ncube (16) and Rita Nkomo (23) died on the spot.
Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore confirmed the shooting incident, saying: “On the day in question, the ZNA member had been assigned night guard duties at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation transmitter at Guinea Fowl, Gweru. He then finished his duty and sneaked out of the camp with his service rifle,” he said.
Police sources say they have recovered an AK47 assault rifle and more than 20 spent cartridges at the scene.