A 42-year-old man, who welcomed his third child into the world just a few days ago, was gunned down at around 07:00 hrs yesterday at Old Road, Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD), after being cornered by a group of men.
Purcell Junior Moore, who lived in Cayenne, French Guiana with his wife and two children, but came to Guyana for the birth of his son, was slain a short distance from where he was staying with the mother of his child.
The area is also a few houses away from his parents’ Lot 28 First Street, Craig residence.
Police arrested 21-year-old Kevin Persaud, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara at around 14:00 hrs. He was reportedly seen leaving the scene with 20-year-old Wayne Chester of Lot 20 Friendship, EBD, and another individual, shortly after the shooting.
Chester and the other suspect, whose name has not been given, are still at large.
According to information received, Moore was returning home from a shop when the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, confronted him.
An argument reportedly erupted between Moore and the suspects. This escalated into a scuffle, during which the individual with the gun discharged several rounds at Moore, shooting him in the right side of the chest before fleeing.
Moore was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police found two spent shells from a small calibre handgun on the scene.
Yesterday, the victim’s father, Purcell Moore (Senior) said that his son went to visit his mother around 06:45 hrs yesterday and then left to buy bananas at a nearby shop.
“After he left, I hear two gunshots around the area where my son staying, but I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Mr. Moore, a former policeman, said.
He added that shortly after, someone came to the home and informed him that his son had been shot.
“We call taxi and went straight to the hospital and my son said, ‘My father, I am not here. I am gone’ and he died.”
According to the elderly man, his son had two wounds and blood was gushing from both.
“I don’t know what happened, but like my son didn’t get the banana and he was going back home when the three men attacked him. I hear he punched one of them and the one with the gun shoot him,” Moore said.
While he is not certain of the reason behind his son’s death, Moore recounted that the father of three had brought a few gold chains from Cayenne and was showing it to potential customers in the village.
“I don’t know if it was the chains these men wanted.”
Kaieteur News understands that the slain man was once a prominent insurance agent.
The police are appealing to persons with information on the whereabouts of Wayne Chester and the other suspect to make contact with the nearest police station.
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