Oct 25, 2015 News
– friend shot in leg
A lone gunman early yesterday allegedly walked up to former murder accused, 30-year-old Stanley ‘Steve’ Lovell and pumped about a dozen bullets into him, wounding one of his friends in the process.
By the time the shooter’s clip was empty, the Prashad Nagar, Georgetown resident lay sprawled and lifeless on the bonnet of his motor car, bearing registration number, PMM 3825.
The shooting occurred at Regent and Bourda Streets, Georgetown about 3:00 hours.
The injured man has been identified as 21-year-old Anthony Lall, a welder of Bent Street, Wortmanville. He was shot in the left leg and is currently a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
According to reports, Lovell and Lall had just left a popular night spot in the city and were about to purchase breakfast at the Bourda Market when the gunman struck.
Police said that investigations have so far revealed that Lovell, a car rental agent was sitting on the bonnet of his motor car when he was confronted by a male who was armed with a handgun.
The duo had an exchange of words after which the shooter opened fire on Lovell, hitting him to his chest, head, arm, foot and abdomen. The gunman then escaped in a waiting motorcar.
Detectives recovered 14 9mm spent shells at the scene of the shooting. It is believed that Lovell’s friend was struck by a stray bullet. From all indications, the 30-year-old car rental agent was the sole target.
Yesterday, when this newspaper visited the dead man’s home, his relatives refused to speak to the media.
The car rental agent was no stranger to the Guyana Police Force. In 2008, Lovell was charged with the murder of a University of Guyana (UG) student, Dennis Edghill, at the career day fair held at the Turkeyen Campus.
The charge was later dismissed against him since there was no evidence linking him to Edghill’s death which occurred on February 15, 2008.
The 23-year-old was among several students at the UG campus when a row erupted between two students. The second-year communications student intervened since it was one of his close friends and Lovell who were involved in the argument.
During the process, he was stabbed in the neck and stomach with a broken bottle allegedly by the Prashad Nagar resident.
The victim was later pronounced dead at the GPHC and his alleged attacker went into hiding but later turned himself in with his lawyer by his side.
In 2012, the father of four allegedly stole cheques and subsequently presented several of them to obtain more than $2M worth in food and drinks at Palm Court. He was later released on $3M bail.
Early last year, one of Lovell’s friends, Jermaine Thomas, was shot to the neck outside Palm Court just as he was about to leave the night spot in a car, which the now dead man would normally use.
According to reports, Thomas was preparing to start his motor car when a lone gunman, who was the pillion rider of a CG motorcycle, jumped off the bike and opened fire on the victim.
One of the bullets struck him in the neck and he collapsed on the steering wheel. Thomas survived the shooting but later claimed that the intended target was the father of four.
Lovell’s name had also been called in a number of armed robberies.
Investigations are ongoing.
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