Man shot in execution attempt, gunmen caught
A man who was shot on Waterloo Street last Saturday night said that he does not know his attackers and denied that he was the main target of the attack.
Kevin Amiet Singh, 29, of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara was shot in his buttocks at around 21:00hrs in front of John Lewis Style on Waterloo Street, Georgetown.
Police in a press release said that Kevin Singh was in the company of some men on the roadway when three men rode up on two motorcycles without number plates and one of them discharged several rounds at him and rode away.
According to the police, ranks from a plain clothes patrol who were in the vicinity pursued the men and during efforts to apprehend them, one of them who has been identified as Joseph Barker, 24, of Fifth Street, Alberttown, was shot and injured on his left thigh and hip.
Another suspect was also arrested and one of the motorcycles detained while the other suspect managed to escape.
An unlicensed .357 Magnum revolver with four spent shells have been recovered by the police.
Police said Joseph Barker has been admitted a patient under guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, while Kevin Singh who was hit on his left hip has been admitted to a private hospital.
Speaking with this newspaper from his hospital bed, Singh said that he does not know his attacker and that there is no known reason why someone would want to make him a target for execution.
The 29-year-old, who claims to be a miner, said that he came out from the “interior” about two months ago because he was suffering from malaria.
“It was one of my friend’s birthday so I went there with some friends and we were drinking when I notice a motorbike pull up, and a guy with mask start firing,” Singh recalled.
He said that although there were many other persons on Waterloo Street that night, the gunmen only opened fire near where they were sitting. While no other person was hurt Singh maintained that he was not the target.
“I did nothing, I was not in any problem for a while now so I don’t know what’s going on. All that I know is that the man start firing about five to six shots and everybody scattered. I was about to run when one of the bullets caught me,” the 29-year-old said.
He said that after he was shot, the men rode away and he confirmed that some plain clothes police ranks, who were at the scene, pursued them.
When Kaieteur News visited Barker yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), he was surrounded by family members. He refused to speak to the media, saying that he was “tired.”