Shot Pest Control Plus owner succumbs
- cops seek businessman
Pest Control Plus owner Mohamed Baksh succumbed yesterday to gunshot injuries he sustained during an execution-style attack on Friday night.
Contrary to a report yesterday, the shot businessman was not the owner of Pestex Company.
Police are now trying to locate a city businessman with whom the 42-year-old Baksh had a prolonged dispute.
Baksh, 42, passed away around 11:00 hrs in the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
Police sources said that he was shot twice in the head at close range with a 9mm pistol. A 9mm bullet casing was recovered at the scene.
While the motive for the execution-style killing is unclear, a senior police official said that detectives are trying to locate a businessman with whom the slain man had a financial dispute. They were still to locate the man up to late yesterday evening.
The official said that eyewitnesses have given conflicting information
about Friday’s shooting.
According to one report, Baksh, an ex-policeman who is his close friend and two women were sitting in Flava’s Grill, a Thomas Street business place, when a car stopped near the premises.
It is alleged that a dreadlocked man then entered the restaurant and shot Baksh twice in the head. There are also reports that two gunmen carried out the attack.
Police reportedly chased the getaway car, a dark burgundy colored Mitsubishi Lancer along Mandela Avenue but lost sight of it.
Police sources also said that the patrons, including Baksh’s friends, were unable to give a description of the killer (s) since everyone took evasive action when the gunfire erupted.
Baksh is said to be from Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara.
The victim was carrying his licensed firearm when the gunmen attacked.
An official of the Thomas Street restaurant told Kaieteur News that he was in the kitchen when his waitress ran in and said that there were gunshots.
He later saw Baksh lying motionless with a large head wound oozing blood and other matter.
Kaieteur News understands that Baksh had only visited the restaurant once before. This has led to suggestions that he was trailed to the premises.
On August 7, 2008, Baksh was shot in the abdomen in the vicinity of Lamaha Street, North Cummingsburg. Paul James, 41, of 33 Barrack Street, Kingston, and Dexter Lynch of Lot 63 West La Penitence Housing Scheme, where charged with attempting to murder him.
In court, Baksh had stated that James was his business partner and that the accused owed him $31 million.