Police have detained a suspect as they continue to hunt for the bandits that shot and killed restaurant owner,
Xiu Di Yang at No. 57 Village, Corentyne on Sunday.
The 49-year-old owner of the Gin LI Lai Restaurant was shot around 19.50 hrs, allegedly by one of two unmasked men who had gained entry to the restaurant via an open back door.
The attack reportedly occurred shortly after the woman, her husband Xu Hue Su, 51, and sons Zhuo Xing Su, 24, and a 14-year-old sibling, Zhuo Su, had finished dinner.
Xiu Di Yang was found at the front of the yard with a bullet wound to her forehead.
Police said that Xiu Di Yang, her husband and two sons were having dinner in their restaurant which was closed for business at the time, when two men, one of whom had a firearm, entered through an open door in an apparent robbery attempt.
The husband and the two children fled and raised an alarm. At this stage the armed man discharged a round that struck Xiu Di Yang to her head. The intruders then escaped.
Xiu Di Yang was taken to the Skeldon Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
A police official said that the detained suspect fits the description that the slain woman’s husband gave of one of the intruders.
Police believe that the gunman panicked and discharged his firearm after the victims made an alarm. It is believed that they entered the restaurant via an unlocked back door.
Zhuo Su, one of the victim’s sons, said that the family had closed the business around 19:50 hrs, since it was the eve of the Chinese New Year.
He said that the family had just finished dinner when they heard a noise in the kitchen. He was sitting facing the kitchen when he saw someone standing by the doorway that separates the restaurant from the kitchen.
According to the son, the intruder signaled to him to be quiet.
But the young man said he made a gesture and his family members turned and saw the stranger and another accomplice.
The bandits were unmasked; one carried a small handgun and the other a cutlass. He said that his mother began screaming.
He said that his father was holding a chair trying to protect his mother, but as she continued to scream, the gunman shot her in the centre of her forehead.
The son said that his father was able to open the front door and flee with his sons from the restaurant. They then scaled the fence, before reaching the roadway, where they began to scream for help.
The incident occurred just four doors from the residence of Special Assistant to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Mr. Gobin Harbhajan.
Mr. Harbhajan and members of a ‘B’ Division Community Policing Group (CPG) were there at the time.
Radica Ramanandan, Liaison Officer within the Ministry of Public Security, told Kaieteur News that she was standing outside Mr. Harbhagan’s house at around 20.00 hrs, when she heard the screams.
She immediately alerted her colleagues, and they hurried over to the restaurant by vehicle.
She observed that the restaurant gate was padlocked and the owner of the restaurant was screaming.
“He was screaming ‘bandits…bandits shoot my wife,’” Mrs. Ramanandan recalled.
On entering the yard, they saw the proprietor’s wife lying on the ground outside the restaurant entrance.
She appeared to have been shot in the nose.
Mrs. Ramanandan said that the woman, who was still alive, was picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The bandits reportedly made good their escape through the back door. They took a box which contained cigarettes, pens, books and other items of little value.
The police were informed and responded quickly, but by that time the bandits had escaped.
Cigarettes and some other contents of the box were found scattered in the back of the yard.
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