A man was shot dead yesterday morning while trying to flee three men attempting to rob him in the Kaneville/Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.
Dead is Mark London, 24, of Back Street Squatting Area, Grove, who the men tried to rob of his gold chain and mobile phone.
The attack took place at approximately 9am, residents of Alley Street, Kaneville area, where the murder occurred, told Stabroek News. A group said that London tried to escape the three men who accosted him and ran up the street. But the bandits then fired shots at him, resulting in his death.
London collapsed in front of a grocery, called Culture, where residents later gathered and observed the scene. The police were called by residents and arrived within five minutes of being alerted.
Police conducted their investigations with London’s body lying on the road for about three hours and covered it with cardboard boxes and a white bag when it started to rain.
None of the residents that spoke with this newspaper could describe London’s attackers.
Members of London’s family, who later gathered at his home, described him as a decent and humble young man. He worked as a mason, they said. A sister related that she noticed at least four wounds at his side and back, suggesting that he was definitely shot while running away from his attackers. It is unclear how many times he was shot but he bled internally.
Other family members revealed that London was threatened by a former employer over a financial matter and the man had gone as far as to threaten to shoot him. They said that the matter was reported to the Diamond Police Station some time ago.