A weeder received medical treatment on Wednesday after a gun he removed from a clump of bushes discharged, hitting him on the index finger.
The police said in a press release yesterday that around 17:00 hours on Wednesday while the man was weeding at Hill Foot Soesdyke/Linden Highway, he stumbled on a .32pistol with a round in the breech.
“While handling the firearm, the round was discharged and he was hit to his right index finger.
The firearm was handed over to the police and he was treated at the hospital and sent away.”
Kaieteur News understands further that the weapon was found on a parapet located on a property which houses a private school.
The owners of the property; who wished not to be named, explained that the weeder was contracted to clear the grass on the property and was asked further to clean the “government parapet” since it would look untidy.
The female owner said that the man had commenced working and it was noticed that he had abandoned the job, and did not return for the day.
The next morning, she said, the man returned to work, and questioned him about what had occurred since it was the neighbours who had informed her that the man had found a gun. “I found it very strange that he said nothing to us, especially with us operating a school here. He turned on to work today (yesterday) and still did not say anything to us. I had to ask him what had happened, and then he told us everything.”
The woman said however, that following Mash Day, the police and soldiers hosted a massive search exercise in the said area where the gun was found. She suggested that, “it is possible that it could have fallen from one of the ranks.”
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