Police are on the hunt for three bandits who shot a city resident after relieving him of the gold jewellery he was wearing during a brazen robbery at the Tucville Squatting Area around 22:30 hours on Sunday night.
Mark Hunte is nursing a gunshot wound in his abdomen after the bullet fired by one of the bandits passed through his body and left an indentation in the wall of the little shop in front of which he was sitting.
He is currently a patient at a city hospital and his condition is listed as stable.
From all indications, Hunte’s jewellery attracted the bandits so they pounced on him, leaving the other people alone.
Errol Wilson, who lives at the address where the incident occurred, recalled that his wife, Hunte and some other persons were sitting outside a little shop in front of his house when the bandits, one of whom was armed with a gun, confronted them.
“I see this boy in this green jersey come and snatch Mark like if he playing with he. Mark thought was somebody he know, playing with he. But then he look up and see the person and freeze,” Wilson told this newspaper.
He said that he was at the back of the shop when he heard the bandit who was holding Hunte use some expletives.
“He turn and seh, ‘Don’t move you mother s..nt’, then we realised that it was something serious,” Wilson explained.
He said that since his wife was at the front of the shop along with some other women, he attempted to go to their assistance but was stopped in his tracks by the sound of a gunshot.
He decided to run into his house and bolted the front door.
According to Wilson, his wife hid behind a horse cart that was parked in front of the shop while another woman ran towards the nearby Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company ground.
“When she running going to the ground, one of dem deh by the gate peeping, so she just jump and lie down in the adjacent drain.
By this time the other two bandits had relieved Hunte of the two gold chains and two gold bands he was wearing. They then fled the scene, one of them running across the playfield.
Wilson said that after the bandits left, his wife called out to him but he was still reluctant and waited until he was assured that the men had left before responding to his wife’s pleas for help.
“When I come out, the man (Hunte) deh down, sit down in front of the shop. And we end up now lifting he and putting he in he friend vehicle,” Wilson stated.
He recalled that during the robbery, the bandits attempted to shoot Hunte’s friend who was also in front of the shop.
They also gestured to shoot Hunte again.
“The man with the gun say ‘Leh we finish he off’ but the other who went with he say, ‘No man, leh we go along, lef he’ and they run,” Wilson stated. Kaieteur News understands that the wounded man claimed that he can identify his attackers if he should ever see them.
Police responded to the incident and arrested two men after discharging a few rounds into the air.
However, one of the eyewitnesses to the robbery indicated that the men who were detained were not involved.
Investigations are continuing.
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