Mother of two shot while fighting off bandit
Bibi Samaroo, a 36-year-old mother of two is currently hospitalised at the Woodlands Hospital after she was shot twice while fighting off one of three bandits who invaded her Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara home last Monday night.
The woman threw caution to the wind and fought gallantly to protect her property and her children despite seeing a gun in the intruder’s hand, while her five-year-old son looked on helplessly.
Police in a statement yesterday said that the woman was in the process of securing her home when she was held up by three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
The police said that Bibi Samaroo held onto the man with the firearm and during the process was shot to her chest. The perpetrators grabbed a number of articles and escaped.
This newspaper understands that Samaroo and her two sons, ages five and 12, were at home at around 23:00hrs when there was “a knocking coming from downstairs”.
The woman suspected that it might be bandits and she instinctively moved to lock the front door to the verandah.
But as she was doing so, she came face to face with a dark-complexioned man who had covered a part of his face with a bandana and was brandishing a handgun.
Samaroo desperately tried to slam the door shut to prevent the intended intruder from entering her home, but a scuffle ensued, during which the bandit discharged two rounds from his gun.
Samaroo attempted to take evasive action but was hit by the gunshots.
One bullet entered her right shoulder and exited through her left breast, while the other bullet entered her left shoulder, and was lodged in her pelvis.
After shooting Samaroo, the attacker allegedly barged into the house and grabbed the woman’s purse which contained over $20,000.
By that time, Samaroo’s son, a 12-year-old first former at Queen’s College, had awoken to the loud footsteps in front of his bedroom door.
The boy said that he lifted his mosquito net and was about to proceed in the living room when he saw a strange man, and slid back into his bed and pretended to be asleep.
The attacker then escaped with his two accomplices who were awaiting him downstairs.
The woman’s husband, Amar Samaroo, a scrap metal dealer said that while one of the bandits held up his wife, the two others remained downstairs.
Speaking to this publication yesterday, Samaroo explained that he was making his way to Linden to do some work when he received a frantic telephone call from his wife just after 23:00 hours, who kept telling him that she had been shot.
The man immediately turned back and headed home.
“I had just talked to her. And from Hope, to where I was in Sara Johanna, I got another call. She keep saying, ‘I get shoot, turn around and come back,’” Samaroo explained.
Several minutes later, Samaroo arrived to his family’s aid, only to be disappointed that the police had not yet showed up.
But before he could transport his wife to get medical treatment, a few ranks had eventually arrived in a taxi, claiming that they did not have transportation.
At the hospital yesterday the man said that his wife is currently recovering from an emergency surgery to remove the bullet which was lodged in her pelvis. He revealed that she was conscious and was able to relate the moments of horror to the rest of her family who had flocked the hospital.
“When I asked why she did it, she said it was for her children,” Mr. Samaroo said.
No one has so far been arrested but police are continuing their investigations.