Feb 28, 2015 News Comments Off on Mines officer ambushed, riddled with bullets in brazen EBD road attack
Heavily armed men, in a broad daylight attack yesterday morning, gunned down a mining engineer on the busy East Bank Demerara roadway, leaving investigators scrambling for answers.
Dead is Trevor Abrams, 32, of Lot 131 Samatta Point, East Bank Demerara. He is said to be a Mining Engineer working with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).
Abrams was pulled from his Toyota Allion car, PSS 6855, which ended up in a trench at Little Diamond, after the gunmen riddled the vehicle with bullets.
He was later pronounced dead at the Diamond Hospital.
Police sources said that spent shells recovered from the scene indicated that the killers used a pistol and an assault rifle. However, police said that they are still looking for a motive for the brazen attack.
“We are doing a background check on him, but so far we have no motive,” a police official told Kaieteur News.
Police said that there was no indication that the men had attempted to rob Abrams. There are reports that police have camera footage of the attack.
According to an eyewitness, at around 10:00hrs, a Toyota 212 stopped in the middle of the road, just north of the main entrance to the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) compound. Two men, dressed in dark clothing- one armed with “a long gun” and the other with a smaller weapon- emerged.
They immediately opened fire on the Toyota Allion behind them. However, the driver of the Allion, who was heading towards the city, accelerated and sped past the gunmen.
The gunmen immediately jumped into the 212 apparently chasing after the Allion.
About half a mile away at little Diamond, the damage was clear. The Allion,
with the apparently injured driver inside, had mowed down a metal street light. The car ended in the trench, partially submerged, between the new four-lane that is under construction.
A resident who lived in the vicinity of the shooting said he heard about five or six shots from a heavy gun.
He hurried to the front of his property where he saw the 212 giving chase behind another car, heading to the city.
He heard a loud crash and later saw a large crowd at Little Diamond with a car in the trench.
One motorist yesterday said that he at first thought that the gunmen were police ranks who had cornered a bandit.
Police sources yesterday said that they are working on reports that Abrams withdrew a sum of money from a nearby bank. Yesterday, police hearing reports of another person being in the car with Abrams, hurriedly removed the car from the trench with a tow truck as a large
crowd waited, but no one else was found in the vehicle.
Leslie Abrams, the slain man’s father, said that his son left the family’s Lot 131 Samatta Point home at around 10.00 hrs. He said that his son did not say where he was going.
A tearful Leslie Abrams said that he heard of his son’s death from a friend.
His stepmother, Bridgette Abrams, insisted that the engineer had no enemies. She described him as “a cool chap who was a Seventh Day Adventist.”
“I can’t find words to describe what happened. He goes about simply. He doesn’t drink or smoke and he hardly hangs out. “
Kaieteur News understands that Abrams was employed with the GGMC for over two years and was last stationed at Region One.
Yesterday, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, in a statement, said that the Ministry is in deep shock at the passing of Abrams.
Abrams, who has been working at GGMC since May 2012, was reportedly posted in hinterland mining areas also.
”As such, the Ministry and the Commission is calling on the relevant agencies to conduct a thorough investigation that led to the untimely demise of Mr. Abrams. I wish to convey the condolences of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and my personal sympathy to his family and colleagues. We have you in our thoughts during this time of bereavement,” Persaud said.
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