Police in the interior are on the hunt for three men who invaded a shop at Mango Landing,
Essequibo River, killing the owner, Linden McAlmont, and robbing his wife of raw gold and cash.
McAlmont, called ‘Stone’, 50, of Annandale, East Coast Demerara, was shot three times during the attack, which occurred around 01:30 hours on Monday. He was officially pronounced dead hours later at the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary.
Police said in a statement yesterday that the three men, one armed with a firearm and the others with knives, entered McAlmont’s shop at Mango Landing and held him up, along with his wife, Maureen.
According to the police, during the incident, McAlmont was shot about his body and his wife was robbed of her jewellery by the perpetrators who escaped.
A source in the Mahdia area told this newspaper that McAlmont’s is the only shop in the location and the bandits took advantage of the deserted area.
The source said that the men told McAlmont that they came for the gold.
“He wife tell he give dem de gold but he resisted and de man with de gun fire off three shots dat hit he in he chest,” the source stated.
He added that after seeing her husband lying motionless on the ground, his wife handed over an ounce of gold and $30,000 to the men.
The bandits raided a couple of rooms at the location, beating the lone occupant about his body before relieving him of a cellular phone.
When the men left, the victims managed to contact the police at Mahdia who subsequently visited the scene and brought McAlmont’s body to the Mahdia Mortuary.
The dead man’s sister, Maureen Shepherd, who resides in Berbice, told this newspaper that she received a message from another relative who said that McAlmont’s wife had called to say that there was a robbery and that “Stone get shoot”.
At the time she was not told that he had died.
She said that she tried calling several numbers to ascertain her brother’s condition.
The woman said that she later learnt that McAlmont was dead.
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