Apr 03, 2018 News
By Feona Morrison
Two young men rode up on a bicycle and shot market vendor and father of one, 62-year-old Doodnauth Danrasi, in the middle of his forehead. At the time, the vendor was at his stall located just in front of Twin’s Pharmacy at La Penitence Market, Georgetown.
Up to press time, the injured man was in a conscious state at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. The shooting occurred around 17:45hrs in the presence of Doodnauth’s wife, Meena, and several female City Constabulary ranks. Meena was at the time sitting on a table at their stall of vegetables and ground provisions.
The couple resides at Lot 200 Seventh Street, Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara.
According to information gathered, Doodnauth, 62, had just offloaded stocks on the stall when the unmasked bandits pounced on him, demanding that he hand over cash. Kaieteur News understands that two other bandits were on the lookout.
They targeted Doodnauth’s wife who was wearing an apron containing cash. In coming to his wife’s defence, Doodnauth pulled a knife on the gunman who in turn shot him to the head before snatching over $100,000 from the wife’s apron.
The bandits then escaped by riding through James Street, Albouystown, eyewitnesses said.
When asked to detail the events leading up to the shooting, Meena, who appeared to be in a state of shock said, “Me just drop off them things (stocks) and me see them (the bandits) come up in front of me. Me see them deh passing up and down this afternoon. The (market) Constable them been right here when them tek out the gun.”
The distraught woman said that the robbers escaped with money she and her husband garnered from selling goods between Sunday and yesterday.
The money, she disclosed, was to pay persons who had supplied them with stocks.
Still in a state of disbelief, Meena was waiting on her husband, who had already been rushed to the hospital, to return and drive a minibus they would use to transport supplies to and from their stall.
What was most unbelievable about the shooting is that the bandits carried out the act in the presence of the three female Constabulary ranks who were assigned to watch over the market.
The Ruimveldt Police Station is located a short distance from where the shooting occurred.
Ranks from the station arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting and transported an injured Doodnauth who was bleeding profusely from the head to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Detectives were seen inquiring of a description of the bandits and about acquiring CCTV footage from nearby businesses. Reports are that the bandits are well-known in the Albouystown area and would often times be seen riding around the market.
According to an eyewitness, “I know them (the bandits) by seeing them. I don’t know them by their names. One of them had on a black jersey and the other one had on a red jersey. They (the bandits) does be riding about this market every day. After they shoot the man, they ride through James Street (Albouystown).”
The shooting brought a female market constable to tears. The constable related that she was conversing with Doodnauth and his wife when the bandits launched their attack.
Other market vendors were also brought to tears by the unexpected shooting.
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