shot in robbery - “De one
over de road holler, ‘oh s…, you shoot me buddy'
• gunmen hijack
minibus to take wounded accomplice to hospital
A Golden Grove resident is
listed as stable in the Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown
Public Hospital while one of his attackers is nursing a gunshot
wound as bandits from the village of Buxton turned their
attention to other villages on the East Coast of Demerara.
Mark Lewis called Diam,
33, of President's College
Road, Golden Grove, was shot in his chest when bandits attacked
a group of gamblers in the village.
The attack occurred
minutes after the bandits who were moving on bicycle had robbed
owner and several other persons in the village of Victoria.
One of the
bandits, 18-year old Aubrey St. Clair
One of the bandits,
18-year old Aubrey St. Clair was accidentally shot by one of his
accomplices during the Golden Grove robbery.
He is presently under
guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital after giving
investigators several names.
understands that Lewis and a group of friends were gambling
under a stall on Presidents' College Road, Golden Grove around
01:00 hour, when five gunmen rode past them.
No one paid heed to the
men who had called out to one of the men under the stall.
“Dey hail up a man and
den ride off. A bus de passing and dey hide from de light. De
man wha dey hail up turn and tell we dat is dem Buxton man gone
deh. Before we know anything de bandits turn back and come and
stick up all ah we,” one resident told Kaieteur News.
The resident said that one
of the bandits attacked one of the gamblers and tried to relieve
him of his chain.
During a scuffle, a round
“After de fuss shot, de
bandit fire again and hit he partner, den he turn and shoot Diam
who fall over board in de trench,” another eyewitness
Three other gamblers
jumped into the trench when the shooting started.
The eyewitness said that
one of the bandits, who was keeping guard on the road, went over
to the wounded bandit and became agitated when he realized that
he was shot.
“De one over de road
holler, ‘oh s…, you shoot me buddy'. Den he try fuh put he
pon he bike fuh ride away. But like de one wha get shoot
couldn't stay up pon de bike, so dey try fuh carry he fuh put he
in a vehicle,” the eyewitness said.
Lewis, who was bleeding
profusely in the trench called out for help.
“He holler fuh he
sister. He tell she how dem Buxton man shoot he. But one ah de
bandits, who still been around go up to he and put de gun to he
head and tell he, ‘Oh, is Buxton man shoot you?' He fire he
gun three times but de gun didn't go off or else is dead Diam
would'a dead,” an eyewitness told this newspaper.
“Dem men move like real
soldiers. As fast as dey shoot, dey picking up de shells,” a
resident who witnessed the entire ordeal from his window told
According to relatives,
Lewis was robbed of close to $50,000, while several other
gamblers were relieved of cash
By this time, the bandits
became more preoccupied with trying to get their wounded
colleague to obtain medical attention.
Kaieteur News understands
that a minibus number BHH 317 was passing and was forced to stop
when one of the gunmen stood in the middle of the road pointing
his gun at the driver.
“He see de bus coming
and turn to he partners dem and seh, ‘Y'all ain't get a bus
yet'. Den he hold up de bus and put he partner inside,” the
All the bandits boarded
the bus and headed out of the village, leaving the wounded Lewis
and other shocked residents behind.
Help was summoned and
Lewis was subsequently taken to the hospital where he was
This newspaper understands
that he required five pints of blood after surgery.
Kaieteur News was told
that the bandits dropped off their colleague at the hospital and
immediately left without giving any information.
“Dey just bring he and
dump he in a wheelchair and lef he,” a staff at the Georgetown
Public Hospital told Kaieteur News.
When questioned, the
wounded bandit who was shot in the abdomen, first gave his name
as Anthony St. Clair, but security personnel later found a note
in his pocket with his correct name.
There are reports that his
accomplices tried to abduct him on three occasions.
At one time, they ran out
of the hospital when confronted by plainclothes police officers,
who were at the hospital at the time of their visit.
“De one who do de
shooting went in de hospital, but de police was guarding he (St.
Clair) didn't know was who, so he couldn't do nothing,” a
relative of the wounded Golden Grove resident said.
Meanwhile, police who
visited the scene yesterday morning recovered a 9mm spent shell
and a warhead.
No one has so far been
arrested as investigations are continuing.
Monday, September 06,