Cane cutter shot by bandits, fighting for life
By Mondale Smith and Jamal Scott
A 45-year-old father of eight was in a critical condition last night in Kaneville, East Bank Demerara after being shot twice by bandits while he was on his way home.
The victim Krishna Persaud, of Third Street, Kaneville, East Bank Demerara, was shot to his left hip and upper abdomen during the confrontation.
The bandits also relieved him of an unknown quantity of cash.
Reports are that Persaud was heading home after going to a pool shop when two gunmen accosted and shot him twice.
The bandits had attempted to rob the pool bar shortly before the attack.
The man’s daughter-in-law, Renita Persaud, witnessed the shooting and attack at the pool shop.
Speaking to Kaieteur News at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, Persuad said she realised that something was wrong when she heard “the shop girl” calling her name repeatedly.
Both she and husband, Deonarine Persaud, looked outside and saw two men accosting the female shop attended.
“Me husband thought it was ordinary bandits so he scaled the veranda and head across the road to assist the shop-girl and them loose she and run out the shop,” she said.
It was when the bandits were making good their escape that Krishna decided to head out of the shop to go home.
“Me see them grab he and push he down pun a rubbish bin and shoot he two times…me hear pow, pow”.
As residents flocked to the location, the injured man’s son took him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre in a taxi where he was treated before being rushed to the Georgetown Hospital by ambulance.
According to his daughter-in-law, Persaud had received his back pay on Friday and was celebrating with another cane cutter in the shop
At the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, Vickram Persaud, the victim’s son, said he hopes that his father pulls through because “he got one lil baby and me mother dead two years ago.”