A 44-year-old man believed to be a neighbourhood thief was yesterday morning shot twice by an employee of the Pereira Mining Company, after he was caught trying to steal from the man’s vehicle.
Kaieteur News understands that the man who gave his name as “Ali Stevens” was shot just around 11:00hrs yesterday at Premnaranjan Place, Prashad Nagar, obliquely opposite the Pereira Mining Company and Divisional Commander Steve Merai’s residence. According to sources, the man was earlier seen trying to break into a residence next to the Hindu Temple in the area.
Up to press time yesterday his condition was listed as critical and he was undergoing emergency surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
This newspaper was told that the man had jumped over the fence, but was tackled by dogs that were in the yard.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect spent about a half of an hour in the yard and then jumped back over the fence after his attempt to enter the house failed.
One woman who might have witnessed the entire episode told Kaieteur News that the injured man was a “neighbourhood thief”. “He does deh round de place stealing…,” she told Kaieteur News.
According to the woman, the same man had stolen a bicycle from her sometime back. Recounting yesterday’s incident, the resident said that she was sitting on her veranda when she saw the individual jumping over her neighbour’s fence.
“Dis man just left he house, when the (suspect) jumped over the fence trying to enter the home.”
She said that when the suspect failed in his bid to steal anything from the premises, he then left the yard and proceeded towards the parked vehicle.
“When he reach the vehicle he started peering through the window probably to see if any valuables were inside,” the resident explained. The woman said he started taking off
accessories from the vehicle.
Immediately a call was made to the mining company and the owner quickly came out and confronted the thief who ran into a clump of bushes.
Kaieteur News was told that the vehicle’s owner opened fire, twice hitting the fleeing man.
After being shot, the injured man staggered around the corner and was picked up by employees of the mining company. They assisted in getting him to the hospital. The police were subsequently notified. According to neighbours, the injured man was “well dressed”.
Neighbours yesterday described the incident as very alarming and presumptuous. One resident said that during the day it would be very desolate and thieves used this time to pounce.
Further the resident said that yesterday’s incident is a warning for persons who want to steal from hard working citizens.
Meanwhile police sources yesterday said that the shooter was a licensed firearm holder. This newspaper was unable to confirm if the man was in police custody. Also, the police are having difficultly with ascertaining the identity of the suspected thief.
This newspaper was told that the man had given the hospital and the police several names, including the one stated earlier in the story.
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