Mar 18, 2011 News
…shooting victim awaits surgery
“I think we need justice. Number one, we don’t know the person name who shoot him. They are just saying he is an inspector. I don’t know if he is still in the lock-ups because I saw him yesterday in the police vehicle.
“They bring him back and show him where the incident happened,” said Diana Khan, the sister of Yadram Rooney, 30, called ‘Don’ of Lot 364 #2 Village, East Canje, Berbice, who was shot.
The family wants a thorough investigation into the unlawful manner in which Rooney was shot, allegedly under the orders of his former boss, Zameer Salahdin.
The owner of Energy Plus Gas Station at Chateau Margot, East Coast Demerara had initially accused Rooney of embezzling $7M.
Rooney’s sister added that the gas station owner then changed that figure to $800,000 on Tuesday evening.
“I can’t see you want kill a man for $800,000. If you know he stole the money, why is it that they didn’t come and make a report at the station? Why are you determined to shoot a man?”
Khan stated that the family suspects something. “I think from my point of view, the boss paying from (name given) come right down. Because I can’t see if a man do a crime, he [the boss man] go in the lock-up at 8pm on Tuesday night. Nine o’clock I was at the station on Wednesday and he was out driving the car. He drive out of the station. I saw him with my two eyes. I even speak with him,” she said.
The families said that the gas station owner should have gone to the Central Police Station and made a report before taking matters into his own hands and bringing policemen to shoot their relative.
The Rooneys will be contacting the Police Complaints Authority.
His sister said that the family has made several attempts to recover Rooney’s cell phone, I.D. Card, ATM Bank Card and an undisclosed sum of cash that Rooney had on his person during the confrontation with the men on Tuesday.
They said that the police have refused to release the property. “They said that they can’t give it to us.”
Khan refuted newspaper reports that stated that her brother attacked the men with a piece of wood. She said that they [the men] took the wood and pushed it under his back to lift Rooney up to drag him out of the yard.
His mother, Monica Rooney, was present at the scene and said that she preferred to see her son to die in front of her than the men to take him to East Coast Demerara where she believed they would have killed him.
On Tuesday last, about 18:35 hrs, a police Inspector attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU), along with the gas-station owner and the driver of a fully-tinted vehicle that had the words ‘Full Alliance’ and ‘Boss man’, pounced upon Rooney in the vicinity of his home, near to the Fort Ordnance Primary School, where a confrontation ensued.
The Inspector discharged his weapon, hitting Rooney in the vicinity of his left armpit. Rooney had to be immediately taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital for medical attention.
The Inspector is based on the East Coast of Demerara and he travelled to Berbice under the orders of the gas station owner to confront Rooney about stolen cash. Rooney had been working at Energy Plus for over three years.
Rooney was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday due to his worsening condition.
Up to press time, Rooney was still to undergo surgery to remove two bullets from his body.
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