Waitress killed, Australian critical
…as gunmen strike
A 36-year-old waitress was shot dead and an Australian national seriously wounded after three gunmen carried out a brazen robbery at around 20:00 hrs last night at Safraz Sports bar in David Street, Kitty.
Kulmattie Singh, called Kathy, 36, of North East Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, was shot in the head by one of the gunmen.
She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Singh, who is survived by her four children, including a one-year-old, has been working at the bar since last February.
She arrived at work around 15:00 hrs and was scheduled to work until morning.
Jason Montgomery, an Australian national, was shot in the chest just below his heart during the attack. He was in a stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
There are reports that one of the gunmen shot Singh after she opened a door to allow a patron to escape.
Montgomery has only been in Guyana for just about a month now on what his friends describe as a business trip.
The Australian was reportedly in negotiations with Mark Xavier to have a cleaning agent marketed and distributed in Guyana.
Another waitress, who was up to press time unidentified, was reportedly beaten in the head during the ordeal and was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital.
The gunmen, who reportedly fled in a gold-coloured At 192, also relieved the owner of the day’s takings while robbing several patrons.
John Ramdan, a patron, said that he was sitting with his wife, Andrea, and about five other friends, including some from England, when he saw a man enter the premises.
He said that he heard the man shout ‘Nobody move,” but he said that he assumed that the man was pulling a prank.
It was not until he saw the man draw a handgun that he realised that a robbery was in progress.
Ramdan said that shortly after, he heard a gunshot and saw “a white man” (the Australian Jason Montgomery) on his knees and crying out in pain.
According to Ramdan, the gunman then came over to him and relieved him of a gold chain, some $60,000 and other valuables.
Ramdan’s wife was also relieved of a diamond ring, cell phone and other valuables. Ramdan said that he and his wife then fled to a nearby washroom.
Police retrieved a 9mm casing from near the bar where Singh was gunned down. Kaieteur News observed a pool of blood near the spot where the shooting occurred.
Police believe that the same gunmen also shot 37-year-old Michelle Pyle earlier in the night on the Eastern Highway.
According to reports, Pyle and a cousin were standing in the street when two men attacked her, shooting her in the right thigh and relieving her of a handbag and cellular phone. She is being treated at the GPHC.