Shot Two Brothers guard says…
One of the Two Brothers employees who was shot during Friday night’s heist in Mandela Avenue believes that the gunman and an accomplice trailed them in a car to their Mandela Avenue destination.
Security guard, Pierre Fordyce, who was shot in the upper thigh, said that he recalled seeing the occupants of a gold-coloured car following them from the vicinity of National Hardware Limited to Mandela Avenue shortly before he and fellow employee Wahid Mohamed were shot and robbed.
Mohamed, who was shot in the face, has been admitted to the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, while Fordyce, who has a bullet lodged in his right hip, is recovering in the hospital’s Male Surgical Ward.
Commander of A Division, Assistant Commissioner George Vyphuis, told Kaieteur News that police were monitoring security cameras outside the bank, and those at other nearby business places, in the hope of identifying the bandits.
He appealed to persons with information about the robbery to contact the police, while promising that this information would be treated with confidentiality.
Another police official said yesterday that detectives are questioning at least two men, but indicated that they have no leads connecting them to the heist.
Mohamed and Fordyce, both employees of Two Brothers Gas Station, were about to deposit an undisclosed sum of cash in the Citizen’s Bank branch on Mandela Avenue when a lone gunman shot them.
They had uplifted the money from their employer’s Eccles, East Bank Demerara branch.
Speaking to Kaieteur News yesterday, Fordyce said that they were driving in the vicinity of National Hardware Limited when he spotted a gold-coloured AT192 behind them.
The security guard said that he informed Mohamed, who was driving, about the presence of the car.
According to Fordyce, the car eventually drove past the vehicle he and Mohamed were in and stopped on Mandela Avenue.
Meanwhile, the employees had stopped outside the bank.
He said that he was about to speak to Mohamed when a man, who was standing on the northern section of Mandela Avenue near to a furniture store, walked across to their vehicle.
“By the time I could say ‘the car stop’, this man come over the road and say ‘get out the f—ing car.’” Then gunshots rang out.
Fordyce refuted a police statement which said that he and Mohamed were putting up a resistance when they were shot.
The security guard said that he was about to tell Mohamed to drive, when he realised that his colleague was slumped in his seat.
Fordyce said that the gunman then dragged Mohamed out of the car and entered the driver’s seat. The security guard said that he was unaware that he too had been hit until he tried to exit the vehicle and realised that one of his legs was numb. He then began to clamber through the window on his side and the gunman pushed him out of the vehicle.
According to Fordyce, the gunman then drove up to the gold-coloured car and a man exited the vehicle and joined the gunman in the stolen car, PHH 3712.
Fordyce said that police ranks arrived some 20 minutes later and took him and Mohamed to the GPHC.
The stolen car was recovered in West Ruimveldt in the vicinity of a popular night spot not far from the scene of the shooting.
A source said that the employees would make the deposit every night at the Citizen’s Bank branch.
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