- sniper rifle, grenades, `walkie talkies'
found in city house
By Wendella Davidson
TWO of the February 23 prison escapees were among
seven persons killed in separate shooting incidents in
the city and on the East Coast Demerara yesterday
arsenal and other items found by the Police
during the operations.
Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald, at a news
conference at Police headquarters at noon, reported
that six persons had died, including dangerous prison
escapees Dale Moore and Mark Fraser.
A man who was shot in an incident on the East Coast
and hospitalised, died yesterday afternoon, becoming
the seventh fatality in the drama that began before
Mr. McDonald said Police had also uncovered an
arsenal of heavy weapons, `channa bombs', grenades, `walkie
talkies' and cell phones, among other items within 36
hours of operations which began on Saturday last.
The Commissioner who said Police are facing a
"serious problem", said they were still in
the middle of their operations, which included the use
of tracker dogs to hunt bandit/bandits wounded
of the books found in a house used by the
McDonald reported too that businessman Brahmanand
Nandalall, also called `Bramma', proprietor of
Keishar's Store, Camp Street, Georgetown, who was
abducted by gunmen on Thursday, was "alive and
out of captivity".
Dale Moore was identified as one of two persons
found dead in a shootout in Lamaha Gardens,
Georgetown, while Mark Fraser was one of two persons
found dead in a car after an armed confrontation
between the occupants of two cars travelling in
opposite directions on the East Coast Demerara.
The other dead are Lancelot Roache, found in the
car with Fraser on the East Coast; an unidentified
gunman found at the Lamaha Gardens scene; another
fully clothed and wearing a green bulletproof vest
found lying on his back in Le Repentir Cemetery,
Georgetown, and an unidentified man shot dead in a
house from where a grenade was thrown at the Police.
A third person, identified as Franklyn Solomon, who
was in a third car in the East Coast incident, was
also reportedly shot and subsequently died at the
Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
car found in the garage of the bandits `safe
It is yet to be determined whether Solomon was
accidentally caught in the crossfire or was in any way
involved in the shooting incident.
McDonald said the arsenal found at the various
** 13 firearms: one 9mm Highpoint Rifle, Model 995;
one 12 Gauge Maverick Shotgun, Model 88; one 9mm Uzi,
Model 61; two 7.62 x 51 mm FN rifles; one 223 Ruger
Rifle, Model AC 556; one 7.62 x 39 Model M 70 Assault
Rifle; two 270 Winchester Raptor Rifles with
telescopic sight; two 9mm MAC 11 semi-automatic
pistols; one 9mm Glock Pistol, Model 17; one 9mm
Tanfoglio Pistol, Model TA 90.
** 45 magazines consisting of 33 M 70 magazines;
eight FN Magazines; one 223 Ruger magazine; one Glock
Magazine; two 9mm MAC 11 magazines.
** Three fragmentation grenades.
** One flare.
** Ammunition - 2,778 rounds of .62 x 39; 68 rounds
7.62 x 51; 103 rounds of .30; 19 rounds 270; 29 rounds
45 calibre; three rounds of .38 Special; one round of
380; 44 rounds of 9mm; 51 rounds 12 gauge and four
rounds of 223 along with a suitcase containing `channa'
bombs and one salt bag with Channa (chick pea).
safe house of the bandits.
Included too and which were also displayed during the
news conference were two bibles - a red and a black; a
quantity of medical supplies; three books `The
Illuminati 666 Book 2'; `The Antichrist 666 Book 1'
and `The Philosophy & Opinion of Marcus Garvey';
one flop hat; cell phones; a card containing two
bottles of `Potable Aqua' emergency drinking water;
seven Motorola hand-held `walkie-talkie' communication
sets (four medium and three small), and four pairs of
number plates PHH 1643; PHH 6872; PHH 3783 and PHH
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
Commissioner McDonald gave the following
chronology of events:
** 06:00 hrs Saturday October 26 - Police based on
intelligence, arrested a suspicious-looking
22-year-old man of Buxton at the New Amsterdam Ferry
Stelling. A search of his person unearthed an FM rifle
which investigations revealed belonged to Constable
Ramphal Pardat, called Clifton, who was one of three
men killed last July in Rose Hall, Berbice, during a
The man also had a Smith and Wesson 9mm rifle, 38
rounds of 7.62 ammunition; nine rounds of 9mm ammo and
a quantity of clothing.
Police are investigating for
possible connection with robberies and murder
including that of two Policemen. Pardat and Outar
Kissoon were the two Policemen killed during the Rose
** 03:30 hrs, yesterday - members of a Police unit
reported on radio that they were under gunfire from a
car in the Bel Air/Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown area and
requested tactical support. Ranks returned fire and
subsequently discovered a body believed to be that of
Dale Moore and later that of an unidentified male in
the general area.
A search of a building which the gunmen allegedly
occupied and from which they attempted to exit,
unearthed an arsenal of arms and other items. A car
with a false licence plate was also found at scene.
** 07:00 hrs, yesterday - at Annandale, East Coast
Demerara, the occupants of two cars, a green and a
white, approaching from opposite directions, engaged
each other in gunfire. Two men said to be prison
escapee Mark Fraser and Lancelot Roache of Lance
Wireless Connections, Stabroek Market, the occupants
of the green car, were killed. A .22 weapon was found
on the body of Roache and an M .35 pistol on that of
** 08:15 hrs, yesterday - Oleander Gardens, East
Coast Demerara - a 9mm pistol and a hand grenade were
found. Suspected to be either dropped from or
discarded by one of two men who were seen hurrying
from the city for the East Coast.
** Continuing their operations, Police stormed a
house at Bonasika Street, Campbellville, Georgetown,
were they found 12 channa bombs, a motorcar, a receipt
for another car and four live rounds of ammunition.
** Police received a report that an unidentified,
fully clothed male and wearing a green bulletproof
vest was found in Le Repentir Cemetery. Police were
still seeking to find out who the dead man is, how he
received his wounds and whether he was part of any of
the incidents and had escaped.
** In Lamaha Gardens, Police went to one of the
targeted houses and were confronted by a grenade
thrown by someone from the house. The Police
retaliated with firepower and subsequently a man was
found dead in the area. Police are seeking to
establish his identity.
When the Chronicle arrived at the Lamaha Street
scene of the shooting just before 06:00 hrs, just
houses away from Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ronald
Gajraj's residence, Police had already cordoned off
the area and a sizeable curious crowd stood on an
opposite street looking on in awe.
A burgundy car with its bonnet smashed in was
against an electricity pole from which wires dangled,
and a Policeman was observed pulling the body of a
gunman clad in black shorts and black vest from under
the bridge of the yard of the home of a former public
servant. Some spent shells were found at the scene.
BODY ON PARAPET
The body of an accomplice lay on the parapet of
the next door residence and blood was also splattered
on the white concrete fence and behind it.
Just around the corner in a small ditch in the
vicinity of a Guyana Water Inc. pump station was a
green motor car PHH 4904, apparently discarded by the
The former public servant's house was riddled with
bullet holes, the yard splattered with mud and on the
parapet was a huge pool of blood.
Some three houses from nearby Duncan Street, a
house said to be owned by a city realtor, was the safe
house of the gunmen and the large cache of arms was
found there, Police said.
McDonald confirmed that someone from the house was
in Police custody assisting with the investigation.
There was no indication of how long the gunmen had
been living at the house.
While at the scene, a female resident of Sophia
reported that a bloodied shirt had been abandoned by a
gunman in her nephew's yard.
According to the woman, the wounded bandit took a
grey jersey belonging to her nephew off the fence and
left his bloodied shirt behind.
McDonald said the Police were using tracker dogs to
hunt the wounded gunman.
It was not long after media operatives had returned
to Lamaha Gardens from Sophia that news of the
discovery of the dead man in the cemetery was
The brown-skinned dead man who lay on his back was
dressed in blue denim jeans, grey and red track shoes,
black and red striped jersey and with a green
McDonald, at his news conference, said that based
on yesterday's findings the Police are facing "a
serious problem". He said that the possession of
`channa bombs' (bottle bombs) by the bandits is an
indication of the level of operations which the Police
have faced over the past seven months.
Referring to the sniper weapon found among the
cache discovered in the Lamaha Gardens `safe house',
McDonald pointed out that this was not the work of
He added that the Police were continuing their
efforts in a bid to have all the persons in what may
be a "seemingly large gang" brought to
It was at this point that McDonald, in response to
queries, said Nandalall was "alive and out of
captivity" and that he may have had discussions
with the Police.
He said he had no information whether he had been
in custody of any of the men who were killed.
other man killed in hail of bullets
RESIDENTS of Annandale said that at around 07:00
hrs there was heavy gunfire from two cars which were
driving along the Annandale public road.
and Army officers examine the two bodies in
the bullet-ridded car on the Annandale road.
The shooting lasted for about a minute and
occupants of both vehicles were apparently exchanging
gunfire, they said.
According to reports, persons from a white car
fired several shots at a dark green Toyota motorcar,
licence plate PHH 7248, which was heading in the
direction of Buxton.
During the shooting the dark green car made an
abrupt stop after the driver was fatally hit by
Another man who was in the front seat of the
vehicle was also shot dead.
Police said the driver of that car was identified
as Lancelot Roache while the other man in the front
seat was positively identified as Mark Fraser - one of
the five dangerous prisoners who escaped February 23
from the Georgetown Prison.
Both men were shot in the head.
Witnesses said there were two other persons in the
back seat of the car who escaped during the shooting -
one of them a man who was reportedly wounded.
The other, a 17-year-old girl, was also wounded and
was in Police custody assisting with investigations.
Reports said there were what appeared to be
bloodstains on the ground in the direction where the
wounded man went.
As the man was heading east of Annandale, he was
held by public-spirited citizens, witnesses said.
However, a group of people from Buxton went to the
scene, demanded his release and he was whisked away
into that village, they said.
A reliable source said there was ample evidence
that the man was severely wounded. He was apparently
shot in his right forearm, his right leg and there was
a wound in his head.
"I believe this man was drugged. I can't
imagine with all those injuries he was still able to
make it in to Buxton as though nothing went
wrong", the source said.
The two other motor cars which were reportedly
involved in the shooting were a white Toyota Sprinter
PHH 5642 which was left abandoned at the entrance of
Agriculture Road, Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara and
was under Police guard yesterday morning.
The other car, a light coloured Toyota Mark II
apparently ran off the road and was stuck in a trench
about 400 metres from the scene of the shooting.
There were no bullet holes in the two vehicles.
A resident in the area said several stray bullets
shattered the glass door on the front of his house and
penetrated sections of the front wall.
He said a bullet grazed his wife's right shoulder.
She was taken to hospital, treated and sent away.
There was a heavy Police and Army presence at the
scene of the shooing and a large crowd of curious
Police, after taking the dead men out of the
motorcar, recovered a handgun, a cell phone, a can of
`Bass' spray and $2,000 which the man, identified as
Mark Fraser, had on his person.