Almost a month after she was trailed from the city and shot in the stomach at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), 40-year-old Bernadette Campbell remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The incident occurred just after 20:00 hrs on July 29, last, at Plaisance ‘Line Top.’
Campbell of Lot 60 West Road, Plaisance, is now nursing her injuries in the health facility’s Surgical Ward after being transferred from the High Dependency Unit a few days ago.
The woman was sitting in the front seat of a minibus, next to a male passenger, Dexter Carr, when a lone gunman, posing as a passenger, shot her in the stomach before stripping her of her jewellery.
Carr, 20, sustained minor injuries when one of the bullets grazed his side. He was treated at the GPHC and sent away while Campbell remained hospitalised.
Though Campbell refused to speak to the media, Carr provided this newspaper with details as to what transpired on that fateful night, and made it clear that the gunman was after the injured woman’s gold jewellery.
He explained that the shooter followed Campbell from the city and it was after the minibus stopped at the back of Plaisance to pick up passengers to travel back to Georgetown, the assailant approached them and opened fire.
“I was visiting a friend, so when I entered the bus I told the conductor where I was coming off, because I am not familiar with the area, but after awhile I realized he (conductor) forget about me, so I asked him and he said that he forget everything and that when the bus turn around back, he will drop me off,” Carr recalled.
He added that when the bus reached at the back of Plaisance, it was him and Campbell alone, while the conductor was touting passengers and the driver was walking around.
“The driver came out of the bus and the lady (Campbell) jammed me and said that the driver said someone followed her (Campbell) from Georgetown and that he (driver) was going out to see if he gone. She tell me it was some guy in a ‘hoodie’, so I looked around and I see a guy in a white ‘hoodie’ and I asked her if it was him and she said ‘yes’,” Carr related.
He further stressed that the man in the ‘hoodie’ approached them and demanded that they exit the bus, but he discharged several rounds before they could have followed his orders.
“After he shoot, his gun like it stick and that was when I open the door and run through a street…. I coulda still hear more gunshots going off. After a while, when I average like it finished, I walked out back and catch a bus and went to the hospital,” Carr related.
To date, the police have no clues as to who opened fire at the woman. They are waiting on her discharge to proceed with investigations.
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