Terror returned to Buxton yesterday as two men were fatally shot and a toddler wounded by a bullet as police and Guyana Defence Force Special Forces ranks raided the village in search of wanted men.
The two who were killed have since been identified as Orlando Andrews called ‘Bullet’ and Noel James called ‘Baby’, both of Friendship, ECD. Yesterday afternoon, a third man, Joshua Edwards of Company Road, Buxton was taken to the Georgetown Hospital after he was shot during the Joint Services operation. He was under heavy police guard as he was being treated. Another man who was held by the police has been identified as David Zammett and David Leander known as `Biscuit’. The police said that wanted bulletins were published by the police for Zammett and Andrews in relation to investigations into the murder of Agriculture Minister Satyadeow Sawh and his siblings.
Zammett is also wanted by the police in relation to investigations into the murder of Anson Melville at Friendship on 2004-01-11; the murder of William Adams called “Grego” at Friendship on 2004-08-02; and attempted murder committed on Randy Joseph at Friendship on 2004-10-04.
According to a police statement, around 10 am yesterday the Joint Services ranks came under fire from a group of armed men along Brushe Dam, Buxton. The ranks returned fire, fatally wounding Andrews who was hit in the right side of his chest, while the others managed to escape. The statement continued that around 1.30 pm the ranks cordoned off a house at Brushe Dam and while in the process of searching it came under fire from Noel James. Again the ranks returned fire, hitting James about his body. An unlicensed .38 Taurus revolver along with five spent shells were recovered by the ranks. According to the police, James was recently released from prison after serving a sentence for larceny. Andrews had been charged by the police for the murder of Troy Phillips on 2004-12-05 at Church of God Road, Buxton. He was also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on Dennis Daniels at Annandale, ECD, on 2005-07-11. In both matters arrest warrants for Andrews were issued by the courts. Further the police said Andrews was wanted for questioning by the police in relation to the murder of Anson Melville at Friendship on 2004-01-11; the murder of Davechan Appanna at Section ‘B’, Non Pariel, ECD, on 2004-08-17; and the murder of schoolgirl Christine Sukhra at Coldingen, ECD, on 2004-08-28.
Meanwhile a 19-month-old toddler was also wounded during the operation while sleeping in a chair in her parents’ living room. Kenya Headley of Brushe dam was grazed on the right side of her neck with a bullet. She was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital and sent away. Kamile Thomas, an aunt of the child told Stabroek News that she was in her kitchen when she started hearing gunshots which was nothing strange in the area. She said she then heard her niece screaming and immediately ran to her aid. “After I hear the gunshot I run in front to see Kenya because I thought was the gunshots that woke her up