– battles for life in ICU
Jermaine Burrowes, the bus driver who was shot Tuesday night by one of two armed bandits during an attempted robbery at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara (ECD), has lost a kidney.
The 28-year-old Plaisance, ECD, resident is battling for life in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is scheduled to undergo another surgery some time today.
Kaieteur News understands that the driver was shot in the back. The bullet exited his right side abdomen.
Yesterday, the wounded man’s sister could hardly speak. She would only say that her sibling is very critical at the hospital.
Burrowes, a father of one, was shot around 22:00 hrs, shortly after he had picked up passengers at the Giftland Mall at Liliendaal. He managed to drive his vehicle for a short distance before veering into a trench at Blygezeight Gardens, ECD.
Reports are that after picking up passengers at the mall, the bus was flagged down by a man. When he stopped, another appeared at
the driver’s side of the mini bus.
One of Burrowes’ passengers suspected that the two men were robbers and pulled the door shut, preventing the man from entering the bus.
At that point, the bandit, who was at the driver’s side pointed a gun at Burrowes and shot him. This occurred in the vicinity of the “Steel Bridge.”
This newspaper understands that with passengers screaming and telling Burrowes to drive, the wounded man continued in the direction of Georgetown, before losing control of his vehicle and ending up in a trench.
Kaieteur News understands that Tuesday night’s robbery was the second to have occurred in two nights at the same location.
Monday night, a bus driver stopped at the mall to pick up passengers. Shortly after, he was flagged down by a man. When the driver stopped, another individual appeared by the driver’s side and pointed a gun at him.
“While he got the gun at the driver, two persons robbed all the occupants,” a police source said.
The matter was reported to the police by one of the passengers.
Persons visiting the mall have expressed concern about the level of security at the entrance of the main street leading to the mall.
Some say at night, the area is dark and desolated. “First of all, they should put a camera and bright lights in that area where people wait for transportation. In the nights, it’s usually really dark there and lonely,” a frequent visitor to the mall opined.
Another said that when the last movie finishes a little after 23:00 hrs, some persons would have to wait on transportation which usually takes some time.
“There are these guys at the mall just looking at persons and observing them. It’s scary because they follow these people out of the mall and rob them through that street,” another person said.
Investigations are ongoing.
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