The village of Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara was turned into a mini warzone when gunmen indiscriminately opened fire killing one person and critically wounding three others.
Dead is Anthony Taylor of Georgetown, who was pronounced dead at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Hospital.
Troy Collymore called ‘Coolie’ of Plaisance is a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Hospital, having been shot twice in the head.
New York-based Junior Phillips is nursing gunshot wounds to his right hand and shoulder at the Woodlands Hospital, while Ken Harris, is receiving treatment at the Georgetown Hospital.
While details were sketchy, police are reporting that the shooting stemmed from a robbery carried out by about four men, one of whom is said to be Taylor.
Reports are that Collymore, Phillips and some other men including the proprietor of a Plaisance drug store were standing outside the facility near the Plaisance Line Top at around 20:45hrs when the gunmen pulled up.
After relieving Phillips of his jewellery and wallet, the bandits opened fire, shooting erratically as they tried to make good their escape.
Kaieteur News understands that Collymore, who is a close friend of the drug store owner, was shot twice in the head, while Taylor who was reportedly one of the bandits was hit in the crossfire by a shot fired from close range.
Kaieteur News understands that the drug store owner managed to escape the melee by ducking for cover.
A woman who was in proximity to the incident told this newspaper that she heard several gunshots which forced her to seek cover.
“I didn’t really see nothing. All I hear is de gunshots and I run and hide.”
Several police ranks including those from the anti crime unit converged on the scene and it was a police vehicle that rushed the injured and the fatally wounded to the hospital.
Divisional Commander Gavin Primo, who was also at the scene, could not give much details at the time, but he disclosed that the injured Collymore was a suspect in a murder which occurred on Middle Street a few years ago.
“We know that Troy Collymore called ‘Coolie’ is supposed to be critical…he was one of the persons suspected in the Juice Power killing.”
Kaieteur News understands that Phillips only arrived in Guyana from New York yesterday morning.
His wife told Kaieteur News that she last spoke to him via telephone a few minutes before the incident.
She said that he had invited her to join him but she declined since she was tired.
While activities on the popular Plaisance line top went cold, the scene at the Georgetown Hospital last night was chaotic, with relatives and friends desperately trying to ascertain the condition of those admitted to the hospital.
Police said that they recovered several .45 spent shells at the scene.
Bandit nabbed after fleeing from Chinese restaurant
Quick action by the police, aided by public spirited persons, led to the capture of a bandit who along with an accomplice attempted to rob the Hilton Restaurant at the junction of Garnett and Middleton Streets, on Wednesday night.
The bandit was caught after police surrounded a yard on DeAbreau Street in which he tried to hide.
This was shortly after he and an accomplice had fled after encountering stiff resistance from the proprietor of the restaurant.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that around 23:10 hours, the proprietor was about to close his establishment when the two men who had apparently secreted themselves in the washroom, emerged, both brandishing weapons.
But the proprietor was not about to give in easily and arming himself with a chopper, he fearlessly confronted the surprised men who fled empty-handed.
An alarm was raised and several public spirited persons chased after the bandits, one of whom fled to the DeAbreau Street, Newtown area.
Ranks from the Kitty Police Station backed up by two mobile patrols from the Tactical Services Unit responded promptly and using the direction given by the pursuers, they were able to surround one of the bandits and subsequently arrested him.
However the weapon he was reportedly carrying was not recovered.
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