Jun 12, 2009 News
Police have detained a Rural Constable as investigations into the shooting of two men took a dramatic angle.
The Rural Constable, who was in the vehicle with the two victims, has given investigators reason to believe that he had set up the attack on the two men, Christopher McLean, 17, and Richard Philadelphia, 20.
The two men were shot on Wednesday night on Norton Street, having just turned off Mandela Avenue.
Initial reports had indicated that McLean, the grandson of retired Major General Norman McLean, was said to have been driving a borrowed car, around 20:00 hours, when he spotted a car that was following and flashing its lights to attract their attention.
The police are reporting that the victims were standing outside the car when the shooting occurred.
However, people close to the victims said, that as the car that McLean was driving stopped, the driver of the second car came out and immediately opened fire, striking McLean in the throat. The bullet reportedly exited.
One eyewitness had said that the driver then went to the other side of the car and demanded money from Philadelphia.
One person heard him asking, “Wheh de money?”
Philadelphia reportedly attempted to exit the car and escape but the gunman shot him in the left side chest. The bullet reportedly missed a kidney but ruptured his intestines and lodged in his abdomen.
A third occupant of the car Mc Lean was driving who turned out to be the rural constable whose name was given as Bradley Sampson, was not shot.
He had sustained a broken leg from a previous accident
McLean managed to drive to the hospital despite being shot.
Yesterday when investigators grilled the rural constable who was taken into custody on the night of the shooting, he disclosed that he was taking McLean and Philadelphia to purchase an illegal gun.
According to a source the rural constable told investigators that the men with whom he had arranged the sale of the weapon were the shooters.
He said that he did not expect the men to shoot the two young men.
The shooters reportedly took about $80,000 that McLean and Philadelphia had to purchase the weapon.
Investigations into the matter are continuing.
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