When hotelier Bhellary Raghvendra Shetty, 51, was shot at around 9.40pm on Wednesday in Andheri (West), he did not stop. He put his car on automatic mode and drove with his wounded hand and reached the Oshiwara police station around 9.50pm.
“Mujhe goli lagi hai,” (I have been shot at) Shetty screamed.
The Oshiwara police station officers took Shetty to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he was operated on. On Thursday, Shetty was shifted to SevenHills Hospital in Marol.
On Wednesday night, the hotelier was driving his car towards Lokhandwala to meet his business partner.
“Shetty was supposed to meet his business partner, Dinesh Bansal, at his Lokhandwala house for dinner. Shetty left his Club Escape pub, opposite Infiniti Mall, on Link Road in Oshiwara on his Skoda,” a police officer said.
The police said Shetty took a right turn on Link Road near Tanishq showroom. “He slowed near Poorvi building as there was a speed-breaker. Two men aged around 25 to 30 came on a bike and opened four rounds of fire,” said the police officer.
“Two rounds hit the car's right window and pierced the left door. The third hit the seat next to the driver and the fourth pierced Shetty’s right hand. It appears that the attackers wanted to kill and not threaten Shetty. Fortunately, he he bent his head on the steering and the bullet missed him. It hit the door on his left,” the officer said.
The police conducted nakabandi in the area but couldn’t get hold of the attackers. The Amboli police have registered a case of attempt to murder against unknown persons. “Shetty has not received any threat call recently so it is possible that the incident could be fallout of past enmity,” said the officer.
Shetty had not seen his attackers properly so he is not able to give sufficient information. "Due to this, we cannot make sketches of the culprits” said an officer of Amboli police station.