Bandits shoot, rob nightspot patrons
- flee on motorcycle
Gunmen on a motorcycle shot two nightspot patrons and escaped with an undisclosed
sum of cash during a brazen robbery around 21:00 hrs yesterday at the Cornbread Bar on D’urban Street, Werk-en-Rust.
Irving John, 48, of St. Cuthbert Mission, was shot in the lower abdomen, while Glen Xavier, 32, of Harlem, West Coast Demerara, was shot under the left arm and in the left side of his chest.
According to eyewitnesses, the victims were drinking near the nightspot entrance when two men on a motorcycle stopped outside the premises. One of the men, who brandished a handgun, entered the nightspot and pointed the firearm at John and Xavier, and demanded their money.
“When one of the bike-boy point the gun, the boy (victim) hesitate and ask ‘What you talking about?’ and the next one sitting on the bike say ‘shoot he, shoot he.’
With that, the gunman opened fire, wounding John and Xavier. The gunshots sent the other patrons scrambling for cover.
“All I hear is two shots, and when I turn round, I see the two boys on the ground, and blood spurting out he ( John’s) belly. They did rolling and hollering,” the eyewitness said.
“The gunmen stand up watching them lit bit, then they pick up they bag and wallet and walk out to the road. A source said that the victims were carrying a large sum of money.
Kaieteur News understands that the gunmen then clambered onto their motorcycle, but had some trouble getting it started. A patron said that while the bandits were still at the scene, persons attempted to contact the police via the 911 emergency number, which rang out.
“We try contacting the police long, and them men did stand up fixing they bike long, too. If the police did show up, they coulda catch them guys easy, easy,” the patron said.
The robbers eventually managed to start the motorcycle and escape.
According to the patrons, passing motorists refused to take the bleeding victims to the hospital. Eventually, a man who was staying in the nightspot’s upper flat took John and Xavier to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
They were treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit before being taken to the X-ray department. They were subsequently admitted.
The gunmen were still at large at press time.