May 27, 2013 News
– bizarre drama recorded on surveillance camera
A 42-year-old man is battling for his life with a gunshot wound to the head and a young cricketer who is his close friend is in custody, following a bizarre shooting incident outside a Bourda drinking spot early yesterday morning.
Shawn Nelson, 42, of Lot 63-64 D’urban Street Lodge was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital at around 06:30 hrs, after being shot in the left side of the head, allegedly by an associate who is a member of the Demerara Cricket Club.
He has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and sources said that his prognosis is poor.
The entire incident was recorded on a surveillance camera located near the Orange Walk Bourda drinking spot where the shooting occurred.
Some reports suggest that the shooter, who fled the scene but later turned himself in, was under the influence of alcohol and was playing with an unlicenced firearm when it went off. However, a police release stated that the two men had a confrontation before Nelson was shot.
Kaieteur News was told that Nelson works at the Eagles night spot in Robb Street and was on his way there when he was shot. The injured man and the suspect are family friends. The shooter, according to Nelson’s relatives, visits him regularly at his D’urban Street home.
According to reports, the friend was out drinking early yesterday morning and happened to see Nelson who was strolling along Orange Walk. According to a source, the friend emerged from a white car and spoke briefly with Nelson. It was explained that the man was showing Nelson an unlicenced handgun when it “accidentally’ went off.
After Nelson collapsed, the suspect quickly ran to his car and sped away from the scene. This newspaper was told that the suspect crashed his car shortly after.
Late yesterday afternoon, the alleged shooter, accompanied by an attorney, turned himself in at the Brickdam Police Station.
Nelson’s sister, Donna Robinson, told Kaieteur News that she was informed that the shooting might have been accidental, but the woman and the injured man’s father was questioning why someone would want to play with a loaded gun.
Police sources yesterday told Kaieteur News that the suspect was out partying and saw Nelson who was heading to work on Orange Walk. According to the source the suspect had a brief conversation with Nelson. It was explained that the suspect was showing Nelson the gun which according to multiple sources was unlicensed when it “accidentally’ went off. Police sources have confirmed that the entire incident was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. The suspect quickly ran to his car and sped away from the scene. This newspaper was told that the suspect crashed his car not long after the shooting.
Late yesterday afternoon, Barton along with his attorney went to the Brickdam Police Station. Relatives of Nelson said that they were totally lost for words after learning about the shooting. The man’s sister Donna Robinson told Kaieteur News that she was told that it might have been an accident. Investigations are ongoing.
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