Slain taxi driver Renie Williams had been a witness in a murder case, according to background checks done by police.
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud also told Stabroek News that Williams, who was also an ex-policeman, was arrested several times and was associated with “known” characters.
No suspect has been held as yet but Persaud said that the investigation is very much active now that the background checks have been done.
Williams, 25, sustained two gunshot wounds to his back, moments after he arrived at his Lot 138 King Edward Street, Albouystown home early last Monday morning.
From all indications, the crime was committed by a lone masked gunman who was waiting for some time for Williams, who was a driver for the Satellite Taxi Service. His wife, Shondeen Walters-Williams, was sitting alongside him in the passenger seat at the time but she escaped the attack unhurt.
According to police, the attack occurred around 1.30 am, as Williams was sitting in his car, bearing registration HB 9310, in front of his residence. A man approached and discharged several rounds at him, hitting him to his back. The assailant escaped while Williams was transported to the Georgetown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Persaud had said the incident is being treated as an execution-style killing, since there were no attempts to rob the man or his wife. Persaud had also said that investigators have been unable to gather many clues at the scene, since the area was dark. He noted that Walters-Williams, because of the bad lighting, could not ascertain if the shooter was male or female. A 9 mm spent shell was, however, recovered at the scene.