– wounded nurse loses kidney
By Latoya Giles
Student nurse, Bobby Hemraj, had to be rushed back to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s operating theatre yesterday after suffering further complications from the bullet wound he sustained when gunmen shot him on Friday night.
Hospital officials disclosed that Hemraj has lost one of his kidneys, and that his liver and one of his lungs were also damaged.
According to the sources, the 22-year-old had to undergo further surgery after he started bleeding internally.
His relatives told Kaieteur News that they have all donated blood in an effort to save the young man’s life.
Meanwhile, police confirmed that they have detained three youths who reside in Campbellville in connection with the shooting, which occurred at the
Plaza Computer Services internet café on Sheriff Street.
Hemraj held a part-time job at the company.
Relatives expressed concern about disclosing too much information about the injured youth, since they expressed fear for his safety as well as theirs.
Kaieteur News was told that police visited a Pike Street, Campbelleville home shortly after the shooting.
The police then arrested a 17-year-old lad and his 25-year-old cousin, who were taken to the Kitty Police Station.
In addition, detectives also arrested a customer who was in the internet café when the shooting occurred.
Relatives of the two cousins said that the teen was finishing off one of his School-Based Assessments (SBAs), while his elder cousin was tending to a baby son.
It is unclear why the youths were held.
Internet café owner Neil Lewis said that he was informed that Hemraj and a friend were in the office browsing on the internet, while a customer was in another section of the premises when the gunmen struck.
Lewis said that from what he was told, one of the gunmen entered the room and held the customer at gunpoint and also took his mobile phone.
The other gunman then went to the office, which is secured by a grill door, and asked Hemraj to make a phone call.
It is alleged that as Hemraj walked to the grill door, the gunman drew a firearm and shot the student nurse in the stomach.
The two men reportedly then fled on a bicycle.
Hemraj’s friend and the customer reportedly took the wounded man downstairs and he was then rushed to the GPHC, where he underwent surgery.
The internet café owner again suggested that robbery did not appear to be the motive for the attack, since the gunmen had not demanded any valuables.
Speculation remains that the shooting is connected to a robbery which occurred at the premises about a year ago.
Hemraj, who was employed there at the time, identified one of the suspects and has been testifying in court against the accused.
The wounded man’s relatives alleged that Hemraj had received threats from a suspect in the case.
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