Businessman gunned down at stoplight

-wife injured

A Corentyne businessman is now dead and his wife hospitalized following a brazen daytime robbery yesterday and two persons are in police custody assisting with investigations.

According to reports, Ashok Raghoo, 43, was shot by bandits on a CG motorcycle around 1 PM while waiting for a traffic light to change. His wife, Shayraz Raghoo, 49, had been in the passenger side of the vehicle PGG 8291.

According to eyewitnesses, the car had been heading south along Vlissengen Road when it stopped at the traffic light in front of the Botanical Gardens. There, two men on a CG bike rolled up on the driver’s side of the vehicle and one of the men fired a shot inside.

Police preparing to remove the Raghoos’ car from the scene of the shooting on Vlissengen Road
Police preparing to remove the Raghoos’ car from the scene of the shooting on Vlissengen Road

It appeared that the businessman had put up a fight because two more shots soon followed the first, eyewitnesses added. The man was fatally shot to the chest while his wife sustained a wound to her right thigh. They were both taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) by civilians where Ashok was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We hear the shots and then we hear the woman screaming; is that alerted us. We ran out but by that time the guys were already gone,” one eyewitness told Stabroek News. The bandits reportedly escaped North on Vlissengen Road.

At the GPH, a daughter told reporters that her parents had been on their way to pay employees and bills when the incident occurred. She further said that her father owned a business in the interior and would normally come into Georgetown to conduct business. The woman was unable to ascertain just how much cash her parents had in their possessions. According to the police, the perpetrators also escaped with a licensed firearm and ammunition.

When contacted, Crime Chief Leslie James confirmed that two persons had been picked up hours after the robbery and were in police custody undergoing questioning.

Up to press time, Shayraz Raghoo was still a patient of the GPH.

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