Taxi Service owner shot in chest
- gunmen flee with computer, jewellery
The owner of Ezee Runnings Taxi Service was in a critical condition last night after being shot in the chest by two young gunmen shortly after 20:00 hrs at his Lot 46 Sheriff Street, Campbellville office.
Eyewitness said that Davin Bholanauth, said to be in his early thirties and of Owen Street, Kitty, was shot at close range after he had wrestled with one of the gunmen who was attempting to relieve him of a laptop computer.
Eyewitnesses said that the bandits, who appeared to be in their teens, snatched the computer and a gold chain that Bholanauth was wearing and ran into nearby John Street, Campbellville, before escaping in a waiting car. It is believed that the men also made off with the victim’s gold band.
The injured man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was still undergoing surgery at press time.
Bholanauth was sitting in his office with two dispatchers and a taxi driver, who is the owner of the stolen computer, when the gunmen struck.
One of Bholanauth’s employees said that the manager was “hooking up the internet on me laptop” when two young men, who appeared to be no more than 17 years old, came up to the office and enquired about Digicel credit.
“One of dem jus push pass me and all I hear is ‘nobody doan move, pass da laptop…pass da laptop.”
One of the female dispatchers said that one of the bandits pressed a handgun to Bholanauth’s chest while demanding the computer.
But she said that Bholanauth held onto the computer and a struggle ensued between her employer and the gunman.
According to the dispatcher, the robber eventually snatched the computer from the manager. He then shot Bholanauth in the chest. The men then relieved the wounded man of his chain and retreated from the office.
The taxi driver who was at the scene said that he heard the gunshot and saw the two young men dart out of the taxi service base and flee into John Street and board a waiting car which sped away.
Another driver who was in his car outside the base said Bholanauth walked over to his vehicle and “all he say is ‘start the car’.”
The driver recalled that Bholanauth was bleeding profusely and he immediately rushed his employer to the GPHC.
According to the driver, Bholanauth lost consciousness when they arrived at the hospital.
Relatives and employees who gathered at the hospital were informed that the bullet was still lodged in the wounded man.